Townsville Bulletin

Terminal upgrade contracts awarded

- TONY RAGGATT

WORK is starting on key upgrades at Townsville Airport terminal – despite the ongoing impacts of travel restrictio­ns.

The first project involves the security screening zone, check-in areas and adjoining retail space and has been awarded to local company Core Developmen­ts NQ.

The project, being funded with a $9.15m federal government grant, will create 17 constructi­on jobs and take about six months to complete.

It includes a reconfigur­ation of the security screening

area to make it about three times larger and accommodat­e the federal government’s enhanced security screening requiremen­ts.

The second project, a $6.4m water and sewer upgrade, will be funded by the airport drawing down on a Northern Australia Infrastruc­ture Facility loan.

These works are due to start outside the terminal next month.

Queensland Airports Ltd CEO Chris Mills said the works were an important step forward.

“These projects are progressin­g at a time when airports around the country

have been forced to put plans on hold,” Mr Mills said.

“The security screening project will see Townsville passengers using the latest technology, ahead of many other airports in the country. When this equipment is in place, passengers will not have to remove laptops or tablets from bags when going through security screening.”

Mr Mills said the water and sewer works were a foundation for future growth and developmen­t of the airport.

The water supply, fire system and sewer works are expected to be completed by May next year. Townsville­based CES Civil has been engaged to undertake the works, employing about 20 contractor­s.

Mr Mills said the infrastruc­ture projects were starting while passenger numbers at Townsville Airport continued to be well below desired levels.

“The airport operated at about 37 per cent of preCovid-19 passenger capacity in August. Last year it dropped to as low as 10 per cent in May. We know vaccinatio­ns will be critical to travel resuming,” he said.

Townsville MP Phillip Thompson said the work on the security screening infrastruc­ture would improve the experience for passengers as well as enhance security.

“There’s nothing more important when it comes to air travel than safety, which is the primary reason we’ve provided this funding through the Regional Airports Screening Infrastruc­ture program,” Mr Thompson said.

Modern security screening equipment will be installed when the infrastruc­ture works are complete, including two body scanners and CT x-ray systems for carry on and check-in baggage.

Departing passengers who are being screened might experience some delays while works are under way.

 ??  ?? An image showing the new security screening zone at Townsville Airport.
An image showing the new security screening zone at Townsville Airport.

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