Upgrades prep airport for busy tourism season

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Broome International Airport chief executive Paul McSweeney.
Camera IconBroome International Airport chief executive Paul McSweeney. Credit: Glenn Cordingley.

Broome International Airport is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on terminal upgrades in preparation for the pending high season.

BIA chief executive Paul McSweeney said an array of projects were either under way or nearing completion after a good wet season.

“There will be a lot of water at the gorges in the Kimberley and the Gibb River Road will be magnificent,” he said.

The arrivals terminal is receiving a makeover, the old furniture is being replaced and new baggage trolleys are on the way.

The bar and cafe in the departure area will be extended and new advertising signage and improved lighting will be installed.

Carpark modifications will aim to improve facilities for commercial operators and rental cars.

Mr McSweeney said the airport was also working closely with Shell and Inpex in readiness for the installation and hook-up phase of their projects in the offshore Browse Basin.

At the on-site heliport, staff numbers have been increased from seven to 14 and a new terminal is being built with modifications to the existing facility. A number of additions are also being made to Djarindjin Airport on the Dampier Peninsula, which BIA operates in partnership with the Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation.

These include an additional fuel tank, a new fuel trailer, a water bore and civil works for the fuel truck discharge.

Staffing numbers at the airport, which is mainly used as a strategic airport for helicopter refuelling, are set to double to accommodate the additional workload.

Mr McSweeney said the airport had been a proud and long-term supporter of the oil and gas industry in Broome.

“The Inpex and Shell projects provide job for locals, and provide business to local businesses and service providers on a year-round basis,” he said.

“The year-round nature of this business also underpins support for existing air routes to the town.”

BIA, in conjunction with Australia’s Northwest Tourism, Tourism WA and other stakeholders are continuing to work on estab-lishing a Broome-Singapore route.

“Although there is no breakthrough yet, we will keep chipping away at this,” Mr McSweeney said.

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