Stronger, longer runway brings new visitors to Mildura
04 November 2017
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Mallee
State Member for Mildura
Chief Executive Officer of Mildura Rural City Council
- Works complete on $25 million Mildura Airport upgrade
- Upgraded runway will enable increased traffic movements and passenger numbers
- New Royal Flying Doctor Service facility constructed as part of the upgrade
Mildura Airport will begin welcoming larger aircraft and increased air traffic movements from today with the completion of major upgrades to lengthen and strengthen the runway.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said that upgrade would further establish Mildura as a gateway to regional Victoria and enable the airport to receive larger planes to keep up with anticipated passenger demand over the next 15 years.
“Access to great transport services is vital for people living in regional and remote Australia,” Mr Chester said.
Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said that the project also included the construction of a new Air Ambulance Transfer facility.
“The Air Ambulance service provides lifesaving medical aid to people living in regional and remote Australia and the facility will improve transfers between Air Ambulance Aircraft and land Ambulance services,” Mr Broad said.
State Member for Mildura Peter Crisp said that the upgrades to the runways structural integrity would improve the airport’s capability for future operations.
“Mildura is a part of a region that has so much to offer, and this upgrade will allow an estimated 220,000 public transport passengers to come through the airport each year.”
Chief Executive Officer of Mildura Rural City Council Gerard José said that the runway upgrade was a great example of what could be achieved through a collaborative approach between Federal, State and Local Governments and the Mildura Airport.
“This is a vital project for the future of our region and our economy and will ensure we can continue to grow through increased air travel to and from our city,” Mr José said.
Chief Executive Officer of Mildura Airport Bill Burke said the upgraded runway project culminated from the continued support of all levels of government, Mildura Airport Pty Ltd, and the community.
“The operation of Mildura Airport is crucial to maintain the social, family, business, medical and educational connections with other parts of Australia,” Mr Burke said.
This project was jointly funded by the Federal Coalition Government ($10 million), the Victorian Government ($5.047 million), the Mildura Rural City Council ($4 million), and Mildura Airport Pty Ltd ($6 million).