Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport unveils $20m upgrade

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The Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport has unveiled its more than $20 million upgrade that will allow it to handle growth of up to 900,000 passengers by 2040.

The major revamp included a runway upgrade, construction of a new entrance road to the Airport and a new carpark for 650 vehicles.

“Each year, our busy regional airport supports about 635,000 commercial passengers. This is expected to increase to over 900,000 by 2040,” Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Manager Julie Stewart said.

“Our airport is a key gateway for visitors to the beautiful Northern Rivers region, but the airport is also essential to support emergency service aircraft during regional disasters.”

Federal Infrastructure, Transport, and Regional Development Minister Catherine King said since the airport is exceeding passenger numbers prior to Covid.