Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Lofty Ambition for Airport; Councillor Calls for Ballina to Be the Passenger Flights Hub for Region

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Lofty Ambition for Airport; Councillor Calls for Ballina to Be the Passenger Flights Hub for Region

Article excerpt

Byline: Graham Broadhead Reporter

IT'S time for Ballina's airport to become the hub for passenger services to the region, and for Lismore to handle general aviation and freight services.

This is the call from Ballina Shire Council's airport committee chair, Cr Alan Brown, and comes after the lodgement of a development application for improvements costing $400,000 at the airport.

And while admitting it was unlikely to happen, Cr Brown said he would like to see neighbouring councils, particularly Byron Bay, chip in for some of the maintenance costs of the airport, which has seen passenger numbers grow by 14% in the past year.

However he was quick to add the Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport, which can take jet aircraft and has a direct Melbourne service, was self-funding and didn't need cash from other councils to prop it up.

There are plans to bring 500,000 passengers a year into Ballina airport by 2015.

Cr Brown said his idea was more about improving services to the region. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.