Airport fire station fans flames of tourism
WORK has begun on a new $11.4 million aviation rescue fire station at Coffs Harbour Regional Airport.
The station, which will be built and managed by Airservices Australia, will provide an on-site aviation fire service and flags the importance and success of the city's airport.
Coffs Harbour mayor Denise Knight said the airport was now the largest in regional NSW.
"It really puts the city on the map and gives us a massive tourism, commerce and economic advantage over other areas on the Mid-North Coast and northern NSW," Cr Knight said.
"Having this new facility will give an added layer of safety and confidence to the hundreds of thousands of people who use the airport every year."
Airport manager Dennis Martin said the on-site fire station was being established in response to recent growth.
"Last year there were more than 27,000 aircraft movements through the airport, carrying a total of 382,518 passengers. Having more than 350,000 passengers triggers the need for an airport fire service," he said.
"Plus the airport services all of Australia's major airlines - Qantas, Qantaslink, Virgin Australia and Tigerair - and they use a number of different aircraft types."
The new Coffs Harbour Airport fire station will include a vehicle maintenance bay, workshop, administration areas and on-site training facilities.
It will be staffed by 17 specialist firefighters employed by Airservices Australia.
The station is due to be completed by November and is expected to be fully commissioned early next year.