Airport works take off

Passengers will benefit from reduced take-off and landing delays when major upgrades of the taxiways at Albury Airport are completed this year.

The works, which started on 11 February, will reconstruct, reshape and widen the shoulders of Taxiways Alpha and Echo, while Taxiway Charlie will also be improved.

Taxiway Charlie will be reconstructed in stage one, and is expected to take 16 to 19 weeks to complete.

Stage two – the works on the other two taxiways – is expected to be completed in mid-May.

AlburyCity Councillor, Henk van de Ven, said the works would benefit travellers and airlines.

“Obviously, passengers will appreciate the reduction of any delays in beginning or completing their flights but the taxiway improvements will also create more efficient options for landing and exiting the runways, helping to cut fuel costs for carriers,” he said.

“This ticks an important box for any new airlines that might consider adding Albury-Wodonga to their networks.”

AlburyCity’s Team Leader, Airport Operations, David Costello, said the works were part of the Albury Airport Masterplan which provides a long-term strategy to meet growing demand for passenger services, emergency and Defence aircraft and aviation-related business expansion.

“Our airport is a gateway not only to Albury-Wodonga but also to the wider area so by improving the taxiways we’re laying important groundwork that will support businesses and leisure travellers across the entire region,” he said.

The total cost of the taxiway upgrades will be $3,024,995.41.

The project follows the completion last year of a major upgrade of the airport to deliver an expanded arrivals hall and passenger lounge, a new baggage carousel and the upgraded Uiver Café.

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