Australia’s Geraldton airport plans further expansion

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The authorities of Western Australia's Greater Geraldton have announced a master plan to expand the city's airport.

The airport, which completed an Australian dollar (A$) 3 million ($2.94 million) upgrade in 2010, is looking at revamping itself by constructing a new 2,600m runway which can accommodate Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 aircraft.

The city's previous expansion plans were "based on 2005-2006 thinking of the regional economy, the growth potential of Geraldton and aviation directions at the time," said the city director for commercial enterprises, Bob Davis.

"With the rapid acceleration of our regional economy, and continual growth in demand from major trading partners for mid-west magnetite iron ore; we were forced to reassess the plan."

QantasLink will begin services to the city in November and Skywest Airlines has introduced jet services on Fridays and services to Bali via Port Hedland, added Davis.