QantasLink has recently introduced Boeing B717-200 jet services into Gladstone from Brisbane, and, Virgin Australia is increasing services, and potentially introducing Boeing B737 and Embraer E-190 jet services also from Brisbane.
With the increased commercial traffic and increasing charter traffic arriving at the airport, Gladstone Regional Council has recently completed $70 million on upgrading Gladstone Airport.
The airport is however occasionally subject to low cloud and low visibility that can prevent aircraft from landing at the airport, resulting in flights being delayed or diverted, or even cancelled.
The new ILS is due to be fully operational by 2014. Preparation has begun on installing the system, which will comprise two new antennas for positional and vertical guidance for aircraft, distance measuring equipment to enable aircraft to measure more precisely their distance from the runway, and lastly improved runway lighting. The ILS will make Gladstone Airport only the third airport in Queensland to have the technology.