Council has recently completed a $21 million airside infrastructure upgrade at Port Macquarie Airport to underpin our region’s future growth, economic development and tourism potential.
The upgrade marks a significant milestone for the Airport and our local community, with the upgraded runway now providing the capability for up to 180-seat B737 / A320 aircraft for the first time in the Airport’s 60 year history.
The project was supported by $15 million in funding assistance from the Australian Government.
The upgrade represents the 1st stage of the implementation of the Airport Master Plan, and involved the upgrade of the airside facilities (runway, taxiway and RPT apron), including:
- strengthening, extending (by 110m to south) and widening the existing main runway 03/21 to 1800 metres long x 45 metres wide;
- expansion of the existing regular public transport (RPT) apron (located in front of the terminal building) to provide additional parking positions for larger aircraft, including a new taxiway connection to the main runway;
- relocation of the helicopter landing and parking area, and general aviation (GA) aircraft parking area; and
- provision of associated infrastructure / facilities (eg runway, taxiway and apron lighting, other visual aids, drainage, line marking etc
The project was completed in December 2013.