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The airport terminal is being expanded to accommodate new security screening equipment and improve access for passengers entering the departure lounge.
This project is expected to be completed in early 2022.
The project is 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.
The Airport carpark is currently undergoing an upgrade. This $4 million investment will provide an additional 100 carparking spaces and includes landscaping, boom gate, new cameras, shade structures, solar panels (to be placed on the shade structures) and improved lighting.
The upgrade is expected to be completed in early 2022 (weather and site conditions permitting).
Passengers and staff are encouraged to arrive at the airport earlier to avoid being inconvenienced by traffic delays and parking changes.
The construction of a new entrance road to the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is underway. This new road will unlock future industrial land in the Southern Cross Industrial Estate. Once complete, the road will provide an impressive entrance to the airport and connect future proposed expansion of the Southern Cross Industrial Estate.
These works include:
It is anticipated the project will be completed by 2022 (weather and site conditions permitting), with a phased opening of the road as works are complete.
The Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is set to install body scanners in early 2022. The scanners will provide an additional level of security for passengers and airlines.
The scanners detect prohibited items, such as metallic and non-metallic, being worn or carried on the body. The process uses extremely lowpower waves over a short duration which exposes the body to less energy than a mobile phone. The waves reflect off the skin’s surface and do not penetrate the body, unlike medical X-rays.
Body scanning has been operating at international airports for years and anyone who has travelled overseas will be familiar with the equipment.
These scanners are already installed in major and large regional airports in Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Canberra, Sunshine Coast and Coffs Harbour.
The equipment is funded by the Australian Government, under the Regional Airport Security Infrastructure Program – Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.