Games over, let work be­gin

Air­port set to be­gin stage two of rede­vel­op­ment

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Bob An­thony

HAV­ING just come through one of the busiest pe­ri­ods in its op­er­at­ing his­tory, the Gold Coast Air­port is now about to em­bark on one of the big­gest in­fras­truc­ture projects in the Tweed /Gold Coast bor­der re­gion, with the start of stage two of Project LIFT.

Years of plan­ning were put to the test with the con­clu­sion of the Com­mon­wealth Games this week with the mass ex­o­dus of ath­letes, of­fi­cials and spec­ta­tors and while many in­volved with the Gold Coast’s big­gest sport­ing event might be look­ing for­ward to a break, it won’t be the case for air­port man­age­ment.

Stage one of the Gold Coast Air­port rede­vel­op­ment, an

$86 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of the park­ing apron and a new taxi­way were com­pleted to meet the Games rush and now the fo­cus will be on stage two, the $200 mil­lion ter­mi­nal ex­pan­sion south and the con­struc­tion of the $50 mil­lion Ry­dges Ho­tel.

The new ground work will al­low for an ex­tra four Boe­ing 737 or A320 air­craft or two 787 or A330 size air­craft on the park­ing apron, with the new taxi­way set to help in­crease ef­fi­ciency es­pe­cially in high vol­ume times of the year.

Queens­land Air­ports Lim­ited chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chris Mills said com­ple­tion of the apron works was a crit­i­cal first step in the re­al­i­sa­tion of Project LIFT.

“Now this is com­pleted, our fo­cus now turns to the de­liv­ery of stage two, com­menc­ing af­ter the Com­mon­wealth Games,” Mr Mills said.

“The com­ple­tion of this project means pas­sen­gers will ex­pe­ri­ence less time wait­ing on the taxi­ways as their plane en­ters or ex­its the apron.”

QAL Ex­ec­u­tive Gen­eral Man­ager Prop­erty and In­fras­truc­ture Carl Bruhn said all the ter­mi­nal work to be un­der­taken would be on the New South Wales side of the bor­der which bi­sects the air­port.

“We con­structed an ac­cess road dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the new park­ing apron and taxi­way to the old

❝There will be more than 230 full-time jobs cre­ated...

— Carl Bruhn

Tweed by­pass road and it will be used dur­ing the ter­mi­nal and ho­tel con­struc­tion phase to min­imise dis­rup­tion to the nor­mal traf­fic flow into the air­port from the Gold Coast High­way,” Mr Bruhn said.

“This will even­tu­ally be de­vel­oped into a sec­ond ac­cess point to the air­port with a traf­fic light-con­trolled in­ter­sec­tion al­low­ing ac­cess to the M1 Mo­tor­way, the Gold Coast High­way and to Bor­der Park which will be re­de­vel­oped for mixed use.

“We en­vis­age there will be more than 230 full-time jobs cre­ated dur­ing the stage two con­struc­tion of the ter­mi­nal.

“The three-storey ter­mi­nal will be pri­mar­ily for in­ter­na­tional use and fea­ture four air-bridges but there will be a ‘swing gate’ ca­pac­ity where we can di­rect do­mes­tic flights there and have pas­sen­gers use air-bridge ac­cess when the in­ter­na­tional flights are not op­er­at­ing.

“It is ex­pected we will start work once all the fi­nal ap­provals from the re­spec­tive Fed­eral Govern­ments have been signed off which should be soon.”

Stage two of Project LIFT, the in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal ex­pan­sion is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2020.

Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the Ry­dges Ho­tel re­mains open un­til May 4.

Also ex­pected to be com­pleted this year is the con­tro­ver­sial In­stru­ment Land­ing Sys­tem, which is ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional by Oc­to­ber.

PHOTO: BOB AN­THONY

NO REST: Gold Coast Air­port’s Ex­ec­u­tive Gen­eral Man­ager Prop­erty and In­fras­truc­ture Carl Bruhn and Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Mar­ion Charl­ton wel­come a flight to the new taxi­way which will im­prove ef­fi­ciency of op­er­a­tions.

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