A new regional airport, Lockyer Valley Regional, will be built in south east Australia's Queensland state, to meet the growing demand for aviation in the area.

The all-weather airport will have a 1,250m runway, initially catering to private and charter aircraft.

The project includes the construction of a hundred and three "freehold" hangar and commercial lots, said the airport's operator, Vne Systems.

"[The airport] will be a base for emergency services and is a very welcome addition for our community," said Steve Jones, mayor of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council.

The construction will start in 2012 and the first aircraft is expected to land during the same year, Vne Systems added.

Source: Flight International