Whyalla City Council, Media Release, 21 May 2021
The new Whyalla Airport is taking shape, as work continues on the expanded terminal, enhanced facilities, upgraded runway and improved safety and security measures.
Importantly, the works ensure compliance with new Federal Government screening requirements and airport standards, incorporating significant Federal funding.
Whyalla City Council Mayor Clare McLaughlin said the upgrades would deliver a modern, future-proofed facility, well placed to service Whyalla and the region.
McMahon Services is engaged to manage the overall construction project, with their local team currently finishing steel erection, followed by roofing, cladding and guttering.
“The construction phase of this project has used local steel and local labour and will result in ongoing local employment opportunities,” Mayor McLaughlin said.
“I’d like to thank McMahon Services and the Federal Government for helping make this a reality, while ensuring maximum benefits for the local economy.”
A further advantage to the upgrade is increased safety for emergency personnel, with the apron redesign ensuring the Royal Flying Doctor Service and South Australian Ambulance Service have a safe pick up and drop off area without the need to drive across a live apron.
It is expected that the Whyalla Airport will commence security screening from September, alleviating the need for additional security screening for passengers arriving at the Adelaide Airport.
Council worked with Federal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, in seeking Commonwealth funding for the upgrade, with Mr Ramsey stating he was pleased to have secured over $4.3 million.
“It took quite an effort to demonstrate that Whyalla was to be the worst-affected airport in Australia by the moves to mandatory security screening, but perseverance paid off,” Mr Ramsey said.
“This funding gave the Whyalla City Council the confidence to go ahead with a major upgrade to the airport, which provides a vital regional service to Whyalla and the wider Eyre Peninsula community.”
What are some of the features of our new airport?
- All new facilities, including a new cafe
- Modernised baggage handling systems, including installation of a baggage carousel
- Disability-friendly facilities
- Business hubs / charging stations
- Free wi-fi
- Additional check-in facilities
- Contemporary interior design, including an airport history pictorial wall
- Upgrades to runways, lighting, taxi ways and aprons (including improved emergency service access)
- Alternate runway with extension of current dirt strip