The Federal Government has released $66 million in grants under the Regional Airports Screening Infrastructure (RASI) program to support the aviation industry.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the funding would allow those airports to carry out necessary infrastructure works in preparation for increased passengers as more air services take flight.
“The aviation industry was one of the first and hardest-hit industries during COVID-19 and as we look to get even more planes back in the sky, we are continuing to support regional airports to ensure they bounce back strongly and can continue to connect our regions,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“This critical grant funding will reduce the costs to regional airports of security screening compliance at regional airports across Australia, including Rockhampton, Townsville, Whyalla, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Ballina Byron and Broome.”
It is expected that the new year will bring with it more air services and Australian’s will rely on local airports to connect with family or take holidays.
McCormack said the RASI program was part of the Government’s $715 million COVID‑19 Australian Airline Financial Relief Package.
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is working closely with grantee airports to implement the RASI program.