New air traffic control services for Karratha and Broome as new facility nears completion

Airservices officially begins managing air traffic at Broome and Karratha airports this week in recognition of the significant boost in aircraft movement expected in north-west Australia over the
coming years.
In Broome, air traffic controllers will begin operating from a temporary air traffic control tower, while in Karratha an existing control tower, decommissioned approximately 15 years ago, has been re-opened today. Both will start providing air traffic control services from 18 November.
 
Airservices Chief Executive Officer, Greg Russell, said that air traffic controllers will provide support to scheduled passenger transport operations seven days a week.

Karratha and Broome airports are among some of the busiest regional airports in Australia, Mr Russell said. They provide regular domestic services and connections onto overseas destinations and are an important base for extensive mining and tourism operations in Western Australia.
 
The provision of air traffic control services at both airports shows Airservices ongoing commitment to the development and implementation of infrastructure to make aviation safer and more efficient in regional Australia. It will also ensure that we are well placed to provide safe, efficient air traffic operations in the region well into the future.

Both airports are expected to see continued growth in passenger numbers over the next ten years. Seven air traffic controllers will be based at Broome and will work across three shifts, with five  controllers working across two shifts at Karratha.

Airservices today marked a milestone in the construction of the organisations new combined air traffic control tower and fire station at Broome Airport with the pouring of the concrete foundations for the $20 million facility.

Excavations for the footings of the new facility were carried out in early October and over 500 metres of trenching for the extension of electricity, water and sewer services to the site has also been completed.

The milestone came as Airservices prepared to begin managing air traffic at the airport from a temporary air traffic control tower. Service will begin on 18 November.
 
Airservices Chief Executive Officer, Greg Russell, said that the new combined facility reinforces Airservices commitment to the development and implementation of key infrastructure to make aviation safer and more efficient in regional Australia.

With a significant increase in aircraft movements expected over the coming years, this facility is a demonstration of our commitment to provide safe, efficient air traffic operations in the region well into
the future, Mr Russell said.

The new four storey tower will be fitted out with the latest technology and be built to withstand cyclones. The facility will also include rain water collection for landscape irrigation and vehicle cleaning.
The new fire station component will incorporate two vehicle bays to house high-performance fire tenders, a maintenance bay and an observation tower housing a fire control centre.

Staff facilities include a training room, gymnasium, kitchen and BBQ area. The new tower will improve safety and efficiency by providing controllers with better airfield views and more modern equipment. It will also ensure that our aviation fire fighters are better able to respond to any incident within minutes, Mr Russell said.

Seven air traffic controllers and 20 aviation fire fighters will be based at Broome and will work across three shifts. Airservices has had an aviation rescue and fire fighting service in temporary facilities at the
airport since August 2008.
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