The Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport is tipped to expand to more than three times its current size, according to concept plans released by Whitsunday Regional Council.
The council's chief executive officer said the runway would be extended from 2100-metres to 2400-metres to provide the same capabilities as the Gold Coast Airport. The cost of the 300-metre runway extension will be between $10 to 15 million and overall development costs will be segmented over time and form a public/private partnership.
He said the Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport is working towards providing the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions with a multi-modal transport hub set on 430-hecates, with integrated road, rail and air transport and logistics, being a regional hub, with plans for segmented growth.
The airport runway is currently the longest in the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region and it's the only airport in the region capable of further runway extensions.
The Whitsunday Regional Council recently voted unanimously to adopt the Whitsunday Coast Airport masterplan development concept designs.
Meanwhile, a council representative attended the 2013 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace Defence Exposition at Avalon Airport as an exhibitor for Whitsunday Coast Airport.