Air travellers start using new terminal
SIGNS OF CHANGE: Large coloured signs are in place at Orange Airport making it clear to travellers that they need to check in at a new temporary terminal.
Air travellers using the Orange Airport gave started using a new temporary terminal.
Passengers catching the 9.45 flight to Sydney on Saturday morning (21 September) were the last to use the old terminal before the change-over to the new building began.
Saturday was chosen for the ‘move’ because of the small number of scheduled flights.
Orange City Council staff worked through the day on Saturday, moving furniture and other equipment to the nearby Max Hazelton Aero Centre at the eastern end of the airport car park.
The new centre was built in a joint effort between the Orange Aero Club, Orange City Council and the NSW Government. The building will operate as the temporary terminal for about the next 12 months and then become a clubhouse. The new aeromedical retrieval facility will also continue to operate from the new building.
The move was completed by Saturday night in time for the next scheduled flight at 7.10 pm.
Orange Mayor John Davis welcomed the latest stage of the airport upgrade project.
“With work about to get under way on demolishing the old terminal, it’s worked out well that the people of Orange have a great new facility to be used nearby,” Cr John Davis said.
“Flights will be continuing every day from Orange while a new terminal is built, but rather than spend money renting demountable buildings it made a lot more sense to share the cost of constructing a new permanent club house for the local Aero Club.”
“Large signs are in place directing passengers to the new temporary terminal, but I’d ask travellers to plan for some extra time to make sure they aren’t in a rush as they look for the new terminal for the first time.”