South Australia’s Kangaroo Island airport upgrade will drive growth and investment in the local community and bring more tourists to the state according to the Federal Government.
The upgrades, which include improvements to the existing runway, taxiways and lighting, have raised the airport’s airside facilities to International Air Transport Association Class C standards.
It has also enabled the airport to provide direct air access to east coast markets, increasing the number of domestic and international tourists.
Airport security has also undergone improvements, with a new check-in area, a secure departure lounge and revamps of the passenger and baggage screening area.
A new retail area, an arrivals lounge, car-hire offices, storage facilities and a pick-up and drop-off area with an electric vehicle charging point are available for visitors to the airport, which aim to make visiting the island more attractive.
The upgrade was jointly funded by both the Federal and South Australian governments, with both agreeing to assist the local council in finalising the upgrade and providing an addition $2.5 million in total to meet unexpected costs.