Regional airports to receive share of $41.2 million for essential works

The Federal Government has announced 60 regional airports will receive a share of  $41.2 million to help Australia’s aviation industry get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Regional Airports Program would assist the owners of regional airports to undertake essential works, promoting aviation safety and access for regional Australians.

“For our regional communities, the local airport is an essential link to the rest of Australia,” Mr. McCormack said.

Much of the funding will go to runway works at airports such as Ballarat Airport in Victoria, Merimbula Airport in New South Wales and Whyalla Airport in South Australia.

“The government is investing in regional airports because we know this infrastructure is key to securing our regional aviation network now and into the post-COVID future,” Mr. McCormack said.

He said the Federal Government will invest $100 million over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23 to support regional airport owners in the delivery of infrastructure such as runways, taxiways and safety upgrades.

This funding comes in addition to the Federal Governments commitment of $1.2 billion to the wider aviation industry.

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