Friday, July 13, 2012

Moranbah Airport Upgraded – Including New Security Screening Facilities – And It’s Looking Great!

I recently popped into Moranbah Airport shortly after the opening of its striking new terminal building.  

It certainly appears that regular passenger transport (RPT) and fly-in fly-out (FIFO) and other charter passengers travelling through Moranbah airport, will certainly enjoy the new surroundings.  The opening of the terminal building sees the completion of the final stage of works of BMA’s $46 million upgrade to Moranbah Airport.

The overall upgrade project has delivered a new terminal building, sealed car park, bus pick-up and drop-off areas, as well as upgrades to airside apron facilities – including new aircraft parking gates, and a new airport intersection off the Goonyella Road.

The terminal building is in two sections – as we face the front of the building, FIFO and other charter passengers utilise the left side of the building – while RPT passengers utilise the facilities on the right side of the building.  Both sides of the terminal have the same layout, with new areas for check-in and baggage claim, departure lounges, and the provision for food and beverage outlets.

Also, following the recent introduction of enhanced regional security arrangements, both sides of the terminal building now feature new passenger security screening facilities at the entrance of the departure lounge.

Further, beyond the departure lounge (which was closed during my visit), there appears to be a small grassed area to the fenceline, and beyond to redeveloped the Airport apron. 

QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QON was preparing to depart Moranbah Airport on a FIFO charter to Brisbane.

The completion of the upgrade means Moranbah now has an airport that reflects its position as a major regional centre, with facilities and services in keeping with today’s standards.

A BMA spokesperson said that “the Moranbah Airport is a vital piece of infrastructure for the economic growth of Moranbah and surrounding townships.”

I think it looks thoroughly modern and is a fantastic improvement on the old 'tin shed'!!

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