Airport liquor restrictions to be relaxed

Full strength alcohol will be back on the menu at Karratha Airport for a six month trial period following a review of Airport liquor licensing.

Restrictions on beer, wine and spirits were put in place following a number of alcohol related incidents reported at the airport in 2010.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said feedback had been received since the opening of the upgraded airport terminal supporting the sale of full strength alcohol at the facility.

“A lot of our airport customers are commencing holidays or finishing their swings at work and it’s nice to be able to unwind with a drink in our fantastic new facility,” Cr Long said.

“Previously we have had issues with intoxicated passengers however Council is confident that with responsible service of alcohol by our tenants and individuals taking responsibility for their own behaviour this will not be a significant problem,” he said.

“A private company is now running the food, beverage and retail facilities in the airport and we want to give them the opportunity to sell a full range of products to bring our airport terminal experience in line with those in other major regional airports.

“The City and its lessee at the airport is fully committed to the responsible service of alcohol however we don’t believe this requires a ban on full strength drinks.”

Consultation with airlines, major FIFO companies and the airport retail lessee was undertaken before deciding to proceed with the trial.

The trial period will be conducted for six months, with the results to be reviewed by Council at the end of the period before a final decision is made.