The project, which will also include the conversion of runway and threshold lighting to modern LED lighting, has been made possible by a grant of $2.675M from the Federal Government.

The new LED lighting will improve safety for aircraft landing at the airport and also deliver an energy saving of more than 15,000 kilowatt-hours a year, significantly reducing the airport’s carbon footprint.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack thanked the government for its support, saying the funding package will make a huge difference to operations at the airport.

“By having a more modern and efficient airport, we’ll not only be able to deliver even better services to our valued passengers, we’ll also be in a position to take advantage of potential opportunities in the future to attract new services and bigger aircraft,” he said.

“Albury Airport is a key driver of economic and social growth for Albury and the wider region, so we’re excited by the potential of these works to encourage more investment and tourism activity.

“The improvements will also provide an important springboard towards full recovery four our regions in a post-COVID environment.”

The improvements will also enhance the airport’s abilities to support emergency services which use the airport as a hub for dealing with bushfires and other emergencies.

AlburyCity’s Team Leader Airport Operations, Nick Politis, who was recently elected as the Australian Airports Association NSW Deputy Chair, said the works pointed towards an exciting future for local air travel.

“As the region’s aerial gateway to the world, our airport is a key driver of the local economy and visitor sector so these works will deliver improved services and facilities that will benefit all of Southern NSW and North East Victoria,” he said.

The work is expected to start in November and be completed by late April 2023.