Blue skies as airport wins major award

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton Margaret River Airport community and commercial services director and airport project director Naomi Searle accepts the award with Turner and Townsend managing director Anooj Oodit.
Camera IconBusselton Margaret River Airport community and commercial services director and airport project director Naomi Searle accepts the award with Turner and Townsend managing director Anooj Oodit. Credit: Supplied

Busselton-Margaret River Airport is flying high after a win at the Australian Airports Association National Airport Industry Awards on Wednesday night.

The facility received the Airport Innovation and Excellence Award for Infrastructure Development —Regional Airport for its civil infrastructure project.

The national awards celebrate and honour excellence in the country’s airport industry.

Busselton City Mayor Grant Henley said the award was an important validation of the airport’s achievements to date.

“It is exceptionally pleasing to see that the City’s efforts in building a first-class facility for the benefit of the South West region and the State of Western Australia has been recognised by the aviation industry,” he said.

“The City continues its strong track record of delivering infrastructure projects and I congratulate the City’s airport project team and contractor Ertech for a job well done.”

Infrastructure work at the airport included the lengthening and widening of the runway, a new four-bay parking apron with connecting taxiways and two helipads.

The City will move on the airport’s new terminal when State Government funding is released, which Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has assured would occur when an airline signals interest in interstate flights, or when Qantas selects Busselton as the site of its second training academy.

The award comes as City of Busselton keeps its focus on developing the first dedicated airfreight hub in the South West with all eyes on landside infrastructure.

“With City of Busselton operators shining so significantly in the recently announced 2018 WA Tourism Awards, it’s clear that the South West is a major tourism drawcard for the State,” Cr Henley said.

“And that demand for regular passenger flights directly into the region will increase.”

Australian Airports Association chief executive Caroline Wilkie said the high calibre of entries reflected the efforts of airports to enhance their offering.

City chief executive Mike Archer acknowledged the hard work and commitment of the in-house airport project team and consultants in getting the award.

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