Almost 24,000 extra passengers passed through the gate lounges of Ballina Byron Gateway Airport in the 12 months to May 30, meaning the airport attracted a record-breaking 351,576 passengers for the year.
Airport Manager Neil Weatherson described the result, which constitutes a 10 per cent increase in passenger numbers as ‘a great result for the airport [that] bodes well for a strong year with passenger numbers expected to top 400,000 by the end of June 2014.’
He said that more services were planned to come online from the end of the month.
‘Additional airline services [are] planned for the Sydney route commencing in late June. This growth will provide four daily JetStar services to Sydney, three daily Rex services to Sydney and two to Newcastle, and three weekly JetStar services to Melbourne.’
Yesterday Ballina MP Don Page announced Ballina council had received funding approval for a new runway overlay for the airport. Out of a project total of $7.3 million, the state government will contribute $1.6 million to pay off the loan taken out to undertake the work, he said.