A security and carpark upgrade at Karratha Airport has been completed five weeks ahead of schedule with the new and improved space opening to the public this afternoon.
Completed works include a drop off lane, the installation of security bollards, additional short term parking and simplified carpark access alongside a rejuvenated forecourt with shading, seating, landscaped areas and garden beds as well as upgraded security cameras and entry/exit areas.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said changes in transport security requirements over the past few years instigated the upgrades, providing opportunity for simultaneous forecourt and parking works.
“Due to incidents overseas, there are now requirements for roads and drop off areas to be back from the terminal,” Cr Long said.
“While conducting works to conform to these best practice requirements, the City took the opportunity to develop the forecourt area and create a real sense of place for people arriving in the city,” he said.
“These improvements bring the terminal exterior in line with those interior upgrades completed in September 2015 and provide a much-anticipated ‘drop and go’ lane, a secure distance from the terminal, for those quick airport runs,” he said.
The project, led by local company BGC Contracting, saw more than ten local businesses engaged on this $3.3 million project.