Upgraded Port Macquarie airport opens

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Australia’s infrastructure minister Warren Truss has opened upgrades at Port Macquarie airport that will cater to future growth.

The centrepiece of the A$21 million ($19 million) upgrade is an extension of the airport's runway to 1.8km long and 45m wide, allowing it to handle Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 sized aircraft. Other works were also done on the taxiways and aircraft parking aprons to allow it to handle the larger aircraft.

“The newly completed upgrade gives Port Macquarie the next major impetus to promote growth in passenger numbers, with the potential for up to 350,000 passengers per year by 2019,” says Truss.

Flightglobal’s FlightMaps Analytics shows that Virgin Australia and QantasLink operate only turboprops to Port Macquarie. Prior to it receiving its ATR 72s, Virgin had operated Embraer 170s on services from Sydney.

Port Macquarie is located on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, about 400km north of Sydney.