Airport Upgrade Underway Soon

9th November 2020
Construction is soon to begin for the new airport terminal

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Caption: Whyalla City Council Manager Airport Operations Howard Aspey, left, and CEO Justin Commons at the Whyalla Airport terminal, where upgrades will commence from this weekend.

Visitors to the Whyalla Airport can expect numerous changes over the coming months, as a major upgrade gets underway this weekend.

The upgrade – partially funded by the Federal Government – will result in an expansion of the terminal, improved facilities, upgraded runway and improved safety and security measures.

Whyalla City Council CEO Justin Commons said residents needed to be aware of changed conditions at the facility over the coming months, including the use of a temporary terminal.

“This upgrade is necessary to meet Federal airport standards, but will also provide a safer, improved facility for all passengers, helping create an enhanced first impression of our city,” Mr Commons said.

“The upgraded terminal will provide improved counter facilities, a baggage carousel, cafĂ© and children’s entertainment; while externally, there will be a second sealed runway and improved lighting and security for our carriers and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

“While the work is underway, we urge all passengers and visitors to be mindful of the changes; adhere to all the new procedures and requirements; and to be patient during this transition period.”

Mr Commons said people particularly needed to be aware of the changes resulting from COVID-19.

“The temporary terminal is significantly smaller than the main building,” he said.

“Given the continuing enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions, those dropping off or picking up passengers are therefore asked to remain outside of the terminal. We will provide a sheltered area and seating nearby to ensure people aren’t directly exposed to the elements during this period.”

Mr Commons said existing parking would not be impacted, only access to the terminal.

The upgrade is being undertaken by McMahon Services Whyalla, which will sub-contract work to other local contractors wherever possible.

Work is expected to start mid-November and be complete by mid-late 2021, with council to provide ongoing updates to the community throughout the project.

Summary of the key changes / temporary measures throughout the project include:

- Use of a temporary terminal, located to the northwest of the existing terminal

  • Those dropping off / picking up passengers will need to remain outside the building given the reduced size of the terminal and ongoing COVID-19 restrictions
  • An undercover area and seating will be provided
  • Full disability access has been incorporated
  • There is strictly no smoking in this waiting area due to the proximity of existing services

- Fenced-off construction areas

  • Although the public will not be able to access these areas, they are still advised to proceed with caution

- Existing parking will remain unchanged

Should you have any queries, please contact Howard Aspey on 0417 842 459.

Caption: Whyalla City Council Manager Airport Operations Howard Aspey, left, and CEO Justin Commons at the Whyalla Airport terminal, where upgrades will commence from this weekend.