Recently, I went to Moranbah Airport and had a quick look at how the $46 million upgrade project is progressing.
Works are continuing on a new terminal, while a large sectioned off area from the airport apron to the nearby main Moranbah Access Road, is being turned into a fully-surfaced 100 plus car and bus parking area for the public. The current dirt-road carpark is still operational, and now has sealed walkways, essential during the storm and rainy season!
A new airport road intersection has also been added to the Moranbah Access Road to improve safety and airport access.
On the aiport apron itself, I observed three new parking bays that have been marked on the tarmac - as well as the Runway which has also been resurfaced last year. Parked on one of the bays was QantasLink (Sunstate Airlines) Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOB which has just arrived from Brisbane. Light aircraft were parked behind the Dash-8.
Currently QantasLink operate a mixture of Dash-8-Q300 and Q400 aircraft to Moranbah from both Brisbane and Townsville as much as 40 times per week, although this could increase to as many as 50 weekly arrivals in Moranbah by June 2012.
Meanwhile a Moranbah Airport-bound Skytrans Dash-8 was forced to return to Cairns on Saturday 25 February after being struck by lightning twice shortly after take-off. The charter was carrying the Northern Pride QRL team to Moranbah to play a trial game.