The Australian, 25 September 2015. Karratha Airport completes upgrade, by Steve Creedy.

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

The City of Karratha (north Western Australia) is hoping a $35 million airport terminal development, to be officially opened today by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, will entice inter­national airlines to unlock the tourism potential of a part of the country better known for its ­resources industries.

…But with the construction phase of existing resources projects tailing off, the community of 25,000 is keen to add another string to the airport’s bow.

The upgrade will allow international flights to land in Karratha and is designed to improve the passenger experience with new facilities and improved security screening and baggage areas.

…The move to attract international airlines saw airport staff and consultants attend an airport conference in China earlier this year and hold talks with 26 different airlines.

“Vietnam has been keen, too,’’ he said. “The Vietnamese consul-general has been talking to us a lot over the past couple of years to get a sister city relationship going with us and bring Vietnamese business people across to the Pilbara. You don’t think about Vietnam, but they’ve got 90 million people and they’ve got a significant middle class — there are some really impressive statistics coming out of there.’’…

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  • Photo caption: Karratha hopes to attract international airlines with its $100m airport redevelopment. Source: Supplied to The Australian.


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