Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Albany Regional Airport upgrades complete

    21/11/2017 8:30 AM
    • Improved efficiency and safety for medical evacuations and landings at the airport
    • State Government provided $575,000 towards Albany Regional Airport upgrades
    • Reseal and overlay to extend runway life 

    Upgrades to the runway, taxiway and medical infrastructure at Albany Regional Airport have now been completed.


    The State Government provided the City of Albany a grant through the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) to help reseal and overlay the main runway, construct a new taxiway and upgrade the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) infrastructure at the airport.


    A total of $575,000 was provided from a recent RADS grants round to go towards the $1.15 million project, with the City of Albany providing the remaining funds.


    The RADS program provides financial assistance for airport infrastructure at regional airports, helping improve regional air services and airport facilities in regional communities.


    The last major resurfacing of the main runway at Albany Regional Airport was in 1997. The latest reseal and overlay of the main runway was needed and is expected to significantly extend the life of the current runway.


    Upgrades to RFDS infrastructure will improve safety and increase capabilities and efficiencies at the airport for medical evacuations.


    The State Government supports the ongoing upgrade, expansion and improvement of regional airports in Western Australia through RADS grants. Since 2008-09, the City of Albany has received about $1.8 million in RADS funding. 


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "Albany Regional Airport is a busy regional airport, providing an important transport link to those in the region, with more than 56,000 passengers coming in and out last year.


    "The airport also plays an integral role in medical evacuations for the region with a total of 2,085 RFDS emergency landings occurring at the Albany Regional Airport over the past five years, making the upgrade to facilities important for medical care in the region." 


    Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson:


    "The new RFDS building will improve safety and comfort for medical patients, allowing them to wait in a secure and sheltered building out of the weather, while the improved proximity of the RFDS building to the runway and new aircraft parking will make patient transfers quicker and easier. 


    "The new reseal and overlay of the runway is expected to maintain the runway asset and the new taxiway will increase the capability and efficiency for the airport.


    "RADS grants help improve aviation infrastructure and capabilities at our regional airports which are key to growing economic, tourism and social links throughout WA."


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