At the Airport

Projects - Planning Our Future

  • Airport Runway Overlay Project

    The Airport Runway Overlay project was completed in 2023.

    This project involved adding trapezoidal grooving to the tarmac for increased pavement life expectancy, enhanced drainage capacity, improved skid resistance and safety in wet weather, reduced risk of foreign object debris, and reduced tyre wear and rubber build-up. 

    15,000 tonnes of new asphalt was laid on the runway to upgrade the surface and extend the runway's lifespan by up to 10 years. New LED lights were also installed on the runway.

    The $20 million project was funded by the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Fund ($5.54 million) and the airport's Capital Works program.

  • Terminal Expansion for new security screening equipment

    The airport terminal has been expanded to accommodate new security screening equipment and improve access for passengers entering the departure lounge.

    This project was completed in the third quarter of 2022.

    The project was funded by the Australian Government’ Aviation Recovery Framework under the Regional Airports Screening Infrastructure Security which aims to assist regional airlines to provide enhanced security screening.

  • Carpark Upgrade

    The Airport carpark was upgraded in 2022. The new carpark includes 650 carparking spaces, automated boom gates with number plate recognition and shade sails for the new premium parking area and a new solar PV system to support the airport’s energy needs.

    There are now two public parking areas, general and premium. There is also a pre-booked parking area just steps away from the check-in terminal that allows passengers the option to reserve and pay for their parking spot online before they arrive.

  • Airport Boulevard

    The construction of a new entrance road to the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is now complete. This new road will unlock future industrial land in the Southern Cross Industrial Estate. Airport Boulevard provides an impressive entrance to the airport and will connect the future proposed expansion of the Southern Cross Industrial Estate.

    These works include:

    • construction of Airport Boulevard
    • extension of and connection to Boeing Ave
    • connection to North Creek Road 
    • construction of three roundabouts
    • bulk earthworks and fill
    • kerb and gutter
    • landscaping
    • underground services.

    The road is now open and ready for locals and visitors to enjoy!