An amazing facelift sans Botox

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A recent facelift has given the Newcastle Airport precinct more parking and a much sharper and greener look, just in time for spring.

Instead of going into hibernation this winter, the airport team rolled up their sleeves and took advantage of the quieter months of travel to start, and finish, some projects including car park expansions, starting work on a freight facility, and full refurbishment of precinct landscaping.

“Typically May, June and July are quieter months in terms of passenger throughput. We decided this year we would take advantage of this and spruce the place up ready for spring and our busy spring/summer period,” commented David Nye, Manager Aviation Business Development.

“We now have an extra 60 car spaces (total) in our Silver 1 and 3 Car Parks.  These two car parks are incredibly popular with travellers; they are close to the terminal and charged at a great daily rate,” continued David.

The new freight facility, located between the terminal and Jetstar hangar, will provide dedicated space for freight services and live animal transportation.  Construction of the facility is currently on schedule and expected to be completed by October this year.

The precinct landscaping project involved replanting or adding drought and sea-salt tolerant plants to all the garden beds, repairing and upgrading the irrigation system, and installing 28 new external bins, which enable and encourage patrons to recycle. 

“The landscaping project forms part of our commitment to the state government’s Sustainability Advantage Program.  But, I have to say, the real winner here isn’t only the environment, it’s also our passengers—the gardens look really good now, but come spring, they will look amazing!” concluded David.

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