THE Gold Coast Airport has opened its new plane parking bay and taxiway, following a mammoth $86 million upgrade to expand capacity and improve efficiency.
Setting a milestone in the airport’s redevelopment, the upgrade involved the construction of a new apron and taxiway.
The apron upgrade, the first stage of Project LIFT, includes an extra 20,000 square metres to allow for parking an extra four aircraft.
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The taxiway project, called Taxiway Charlie, saw a full taxiway created parallel to the runway, which hopes to reduce potential delays by allowing aircraft to reach parking positions more efficiently.
Queensland Airports Limited Chief Executive Officer Chris Mills said completion of the apron works was a critical first step in the realisation of Project LIFT.
“This allows us to turn our focus to the delivery of stage two, commencing after the Commonwealth Games.
“This will see the terminal expanded to the south with provision of aerobridges to service these new aircraft parking bays,” he said.
“In the meantime, these bays can be used as overflow parking space for aircraft during peak times like the Commonwealth Games.”
Gold Coast Airport plans to start work on stage two of Project LIFT later this year.