BMD Constructions is starting work on a $10 million project to expand and resurface the apron at Townsville Airport.
The project is being funded through a $9 million investment from the State government’s Catalyst Infrastructure Program plus $1 million from Townsville Airport.
Construction work is due for completion by mid-March 2018.
“Townsville Airport is experiencing an exciting phase of growth, and recorded its busiest August on record this year with a 10.4 per cent increase in passengers on 2016,” Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill said.
“This project will support the uplift in FIFO operations through Adani and MMG’s Dugald River mining project, as well as the Air Niugini and Tigerair services that commenced this year.
“We are pleased to have engaged BMD Constructions, which has significant experience delivering major infrastructure projects nationally, including airport upgrades, and will use its north Queensland workforce to undertake the project.”
The project will employ 44 staff, with 35 from Townsville, seven from Cairns and two from Brisbane.
Townsville-owned Core Developments has completed the demolition work onsite, while project management company RCP has employed local staff to undertake the superintendent role.
Townsville Airport is owned and operated by Queensland Airports Limited (QAL), a regional airport specialist which also operates Gold Coast, Mount Isa and Longreach airports.