Terminal upgrade contracts awarded
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.