• Project AIM is designed to bring Archerfield Airport up to modern standards. (AAC)
    Project AIM is designed to bring Archerfield Airport up to modern standards. (AAC)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack has approved a draft major development plan proposal to extend and upgrade the main runway at Archerfield Airport.

The runway plan is one part of the $17.5 million Project AIM (Airside Infrastructure Modernisation) that was put out for public consultation in December last year.

The proposal involves lengthening runway 10L/28R, providing runway end safety areas and installing LED runway lights. Adjoining taxiways will also be upgraded and Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) lights installed.

When complete, 10L/28R is expected to able to handle larger regional aircraft such as Dash 8s, Q400s and ATR 72s.

"It is pleasing to see the airport's facilities being modernised, with safety as a core principle in the proposed airfield works," McCormack said in his letter of approval. "I am pleased to advise that I have approved the dMDP in accordance with section 94(2) of the Airports Act 1996.

Archerfield Airport Corporation's (AAC) outgoing General Manager Heather Mattes said Project AIM would update ageing infrastructure, enhance existing capability and accommodate a projected rise in movements.

"The improvements have been foreshadowed in successive airport master plans since 2000 and they will provide a range of safety, environmental, economic and operational benefits for the types and sizes of aircraft currently using the airport.

" ... Federal endorsement of AAC's future plans is a clear sign that the airport is on track to achieve its long term vision to become a state centre of excellence for all thing aeronautical."

The final version of the Major Development Plan is due out within weeks and construction work on the runway project is scheduled to start late this year or early 2020.

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