You may have noticed piles of earth building up at the airport, and new Rex flight paths across the island.
The airport development is underway, with a new runway open while the main runway and apron are upgraded. Tenders for the new terminal will close at the end of February with construction commencing soon after.
Andrew Boardman, CEO, provided BKI with this update:
Sealing of alternate runway 15/33 and taxiway B by Council has been completed. Installation of temporary runway edge lighting and line marking of the strip allowed it to become operational at 6am on Monday 13th February. At this time all operation moved to Runway 15/33 and runway 01/19. Taxiway A and the eastern half of the main apron will be closed for traffic until March 31st 2017 (at this stage). BMD (airside contractors) will then have full possession of the runway, extension areas, taxiway A and the eastern half of the apron to carry out lengthening, strengthening works, lighting upgrades and other associated requirements.
To assist with this and to ensure that air services are not impacted, check in and baggage reclaim services for REX will move from their current position in the terminal to the opposite side (old Air South check-in area). The REX ground handling team will maintain their existing offices but operate out of this side of the terminal until the new terminal is completed. Access to the eastern car/bus park through the end doors will remain in place until the Terminal Contractor takes possession of the site and then access will be stopped.
Operations will continue exactly as they are now with no impact to frequency of services throughout the works period anticipated to be required.
The terminal tender is open and the short-listed contractors are in the process of compiling their bids. The tender closes at the end of February and evaluation will commence immediately thereafter. It is hoped that the evaluation, identification of preferred contractor and contract negotiation will be completed during March with site possession by March 31st. It is anticipated, at this stage, that construction could be complete by the end of December 2017 (although this will be weather-dependent until lock-up stage is reached).
Airline service negotiations continue aiming for a start date for a new service(s) of December 1 2017. It is anticipated that we will be in a position to confirm this in the coming three months all being well.
There will be the potential for ancillary opportunities over and above construction at the airport in respect of terminal and supporting infrastructure services and these will be managed through public advertisement in Council Matters as an when Council are ready to seek expressions of interest.
Should any members have questions around specific elements of the project then please contact the CEO, Andy Boardman on email@example.com or 08 8553 4506.
The Kangaroo Island Council website also offers all current information about how this will unfold.
The council is attempting to answer as many queries as possible in a Frequently Asked Questions document, available here.