VIDEO: Runway at Orange airport temporarily grounded for works

SURFACE UPGRADE: Orange mayor John Davis and airport committee chair and councillor Chris Gryllis at Orange Airport. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI 0113dcairport2
SURFACE UPGRADE: Orange mayor John Davis and airport committee chair and councillor Chris Gryllis at Orange Airport. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI 0113dcairport2

AIR transport operators will benefit from greater efficiency and flexibility once $1.46 million-worth of upgrades to Orange Airport are complete.

The main runway and the grass airstrip have been temporarily closed, apart from two flights a day, to allow for re-sealing works by contractor Fulton Hogan until January 21, weather permitting.

Mayor John Davis said the runway had already been extended for jets.

“However the finish wasn’t as fine as it probably could be and the council has seen fit to approach the [state] government to get an upgrade,” he said.

“So it’s a very fine finish, which ... gets rid of the concern there might be a loose blue metal piece that might drop up off the runway.”

A 460 metre-long taxiway will also be rebuilt in the next three months to be compatible with larger aircraft.