Charters Towers airport to step up a notch
Charters Towers Regional Council has indicated it will be looking to obtain quotes or a tender for the works in the next few months.
The upgrades are to increase the airstrip width and create more aircraft parking spaces, and would also set the site up as a potential fly-in, fly-out hub for the mining industry.
Mayor Frank Beveridge (pictured below) said widening the airstrip and boundary fencing will allow aircraft to land using the Instrument Approach Procedure.
“Any aircraft landing at the Charters Towers airport currently have to land by sight,” he said. “This means they are only able to land if the weather is perfect.
“The Instrument Approach Procedure allows aircraft to land using their instruments meaning they will be able to touch down even if it’s cloudy, raining, or foggy outside.”
The work will include extending the boundary fence by up to 40 metres on each side of the runway, surveying, levelling the ground, removing vegetation, training, and accreditation through the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
Cr Beveridge said once complete it would help to create more opportunities for the region.
“We will then be on the radar for regional commercial airlines,” he said.
“Our airport could also become a fly-in, fly-out hub for work in the resources sector.
“It will also mean supplies can be flown directly into Charters Towers during events like flooding rain.”
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