MAJOR construction on the Gold Coast Airport redevelopment will not start until after the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with fears work may not be completed in time.
The Airport says it is reviewing the timing and delivery of its redevelopment due to concerns “over how close the finish date of new building works comes to the start of the Games”.
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton “slight delays” had pushed the timeline out.
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“Slight delays have pushed the timeline out and bad weather in the next 12 months could have seen the deadline extended further,” Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said.
Ms Charlton said there was a real risk the building works may not be completed in time.
“While we would have liked to deliver the new building component of Project LIFT in time for the Games — the project has always been driven by long-term airport capacity, not the Commonwealth Games.
“We are acting now before construction has progressed too far. The new development timeline should see building work delivered in 2019.”
A range of work, however, will be carried out at the Airport prior to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, including expanding the apron capacity and installing self check-in services.
Ms Charlton said the Gold Coast Airport was well equipped to deal with the passenger numbers expected during the Games.
“We already handle similar passenger numbers during peak times, such as Christmas,” she said.
“We are not underestimating the task. We have the capabilities and experience to welcome our Games’ guests in a warm and efficient manner.”
Ms Charlton said the Airport redevelopment would continue to be a key economic driver for the Gold Coast in the post-Games period, increasing terminal capacity to meet forecast demand up to 2023.
“It is crucial the city’s development momentum continues after this major event. Some preliminary work for Project LIFT has already been delivered and that will kick start the redevelopment when we begin work again,” she said.