Council picks up airport drop zone

A ‘kiss and ride’ zone will be included in the final design for upgrade works to the Karratha Airport carpark and terminal forecourt commencing later this year.

The drop-off lane will add to a number of parking and forecourt improvements set to bring the terminal exterior in-line with those interior upgrades completed last September.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the inclusion of a simple drop-off lane had been agreed to in principle at last Monday night’s Council meeting and was a direct response to community sentiment.

“After reviewing current designs and speaking with community members Council have opted to amend the design of the Karratha Airport carpark and terminal forecourt upgrade to include a ‘kiss and ride’ zone,” Cr Long said.

“The project has been divided into four stages and the new ‘kiss and ride’ zone will be established within the existing short term car park once the terminal forecourt enhancements are complete, in what is likely to be the second stage of the project,” he said.

Other works included in the project involve the amendment of parking entry and exit routes, the expansion of the short term parking area, landscaping, shade structures and seating as well as relocation of the current waste and loading area.

“These improvements will work together to provide an enhanced overall experience for airport users by easing congestion, simplifying access and increasing parking capacity.”

Tenders will open for this project in the new financial year with practical completion of all works is scheduled for early 2017.