The Rockhampton Regional Council reports that with flood waters receding in Rockhampton a little faster than anticipated last week, by Saturday 15 January, all the key aircraft movement areas at Rockhampton Airport – including the main Runway 15/33 – were finally clear of floodwater.
Cleaning works have commenced and visual inspections have been conducted, with areas of concern identified. The Council’s pavement expert is on site and has commenced a detailed assessment of the runway condition.
Gas pockets had been located in various locations on the main runway during last week, and have been drilled to release the pressure under the asphalt. So far this work has been successful.
Power has been restored to the main terminal and services are now being reinstated. Power to the General Aviation Area has also been restored. Approximately 30% of the runway lights have been cleaned and repaired.
Pavement repair work should commence at the Airport this week, following the engineering assessments, and the Council has indicated that by Monday 24 January, it may be possible to reinstate some aircraft operations during daylight hours only. Airport facilities necessary for Regular Public Transport (RPT) services (e.g. QantasLink and perhaps Virgin Blue) may be possible but more information is required by Council before this can be accurately determined.
However, the Council believes that it is probable that that normal RPT services should be reinstated by Friday 28 January.
Lastly, the Rockhampton Aero Club has recently updated it's Flood Photo Album on Facebook - click HERE to go to the album.