Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA
Hon Terry Redman MLA
The State Government today officially opened the $1.44 million upgraded Busselton Regional Airport terminal including improvements to the check-in area, cafe and departure lounge.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the expansion would improve the experience for those travelling for work and leisure at the airport, which catered for tourists and many fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers.
“The terminal includes a new check-in and baggage area, toilets, passenger screening point, cafe and a refurbished 90-seat departure lounge - all adding to improved comfort and efficiency at the airport,” he said.
The Busselton Regional Airport continues to attract a significant number of charter flights associated with FIFO movements and events in the region.
“Capacity at the old terminal was struggling to keep up with the large number of FIFO movements during peak travel times. The extra capacity and design of the new terminal will improve passenger comfort and allows for future growth of the airport,” Mr Nalder said.
The upgrade received $500,000 from the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Program and $516,300 from the State Government’s Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) program, with the City of Busselton contributing the remaining funds.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said aviation played a vital role in supporting regional growth.
“This expansion improves transport and accessibility to Busselton, contributing to the long-term viability of the South-West region. This supports Western Australia’s rural population and provides greater opportunities for industry, tourism and economic development,” Mr Redman said.
The State Government is committed to improving regional aviation infrastructure and air services through the RADS grant program.
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