FUTURE OF JET FLIGHTS TO BE FUELLED BY UPGRADE
THE future of jumbo jet travel on the Coast is now squarely in the hands of Sunshine Coast Airport with a critical piece of fuel infrastructure primed and ready. In a presentation to Sunshine Coast councillors at Thursday’s ordinary council meeting in Caloundra, Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project director Ross Ullman outlined the latest progress on the project.
A 35m-high obstacle light had been erected at nearby Twin Peaks Rd and a tender process was underway for environmental offset works.
Mr Ullman also advised the new airport runway concrete apron had received the tick of approval from certifiers, despite hairline cracking in the concrete.
The upgrades meant the airport could cater to larger, Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 planes which weigh up to 220 tonnes fullyloaded. But Mr Ullman said the future of Code E aircraft travel at the facility was now in the hands of Sunshine Coast Airport, which had to upgrade a fuel main to enable refuelling of larger aircraft. Councillors voted to receive the update report.