Gladstone Airport

Gladstone Airport is the aerodrome for the city of Gladstone situated on the Central Queensland coast. The airport is owned and operated by the Gladstone Regional Council which took control of the operation in 2007.

A single asphalt runway designated 10/28 with a length of 1945m (6381ft) services the aerodrome while scheduled RPT flights are provided by QantasLink and Virgin Australia.   

In 2012, I was able to have a closer look at Gladstone's main runway (10/28) which had undergone an extensive makeover designed to allow larger aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 to land at the port city. 

The upgrade included removing a noticeable hump from the centre of the runway and improving water and storm drainage. The runway was also lengthened, widened and strengthened and is now capable of handling larger aircraft with it's 1960m length and 45m width.

There still remains a smaller hump in the centre of the runway as there are boulders the size of small houses underneath. The cost to remove these would have been too great.

In parts of the runway that was overhauled, grooves were added to not only improve water drainage, but aircraft braking performance. Off the runway, taxiway's were also overhauled and redesigned.

Prior to the major overhaul, the main taxiway ran the full length of the runway, however, with the runway lengthened, a decision was made not to extend the taxiway which incidently now only stretches about two-thirds of the length of the runway.

A change in operating practices means QantasLink now operates from the lower apron of the Gladstone Airport terminal, while Virgin Australia utilises the upper apron.

Inside the terminal building, QantasLink has opened a Regional Qantas Club Lounge while the Coffee Club has also opened a Cafe in the departure lounge. A Cafe also exists in the arrivals lounge. 

The official Gladstone Airport webpage can be found below :

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