Council awards airport construction contract

South Albury based construction firm Southern Cross Developers has been awarded the contract to complete the redevelopment of Albury Airport.

Council accepted the $4.49M tender submitted by the company, which is under the estimated budget for the project.

The works will comprise the final three stages of the airport terminal masterplan and will include expansion of the arrivals hall with an additional baggage carousel, a bigger passenger lounge, an upgraded café and improved administration area.

Mayor Kevin Mack says Council has been able to progress the project sooner than planned thanks to a $3.62M grant from the NSW Government. The 70/30 funding arrangement will see Council contribute $1.5M.

“We’re thrilled to be awarding this contract which signals the start of one of our most important capital works projects,” Cr Mack said.

“With four airlines now servicing the airport and more than 180 flights a week, the redevelopment will improve the comfort and experience of passengers, relieve congestion during peak periods, and stimulate the market to attract more visitors as well as providing better infrastructure to service a growing region."

Cr Mack says the airport is undergoing a period of transformation with a new brand and more active marketing to encourage passenger growth. This work was recently recognised with the airport being named 2016 Regional Airport of the year.

The redevelopment work is scheduled for completion in May 2018.