Roma Airport plan to go ahead despite passenger slump

MARANOA Regional Council will still be going ahead with a plan to expand Roma Airport's passenger terminal, despite figures showing passenger numbers have plummeted.

The plan will include the construction of additional toilets, installing a baggage reclaim carousel and expanding the check-in counters and queuing room.

Roma Airport only had 9500 passengers pass through its doors in October - a drop from the roughly 300,000 a year it was enjoying several years ago.

Councillor Joy Denton said while MRC was aware of the decline in passenger numbers, the project to expand the airport was necessary to assist future passengers.

"Despite the recent decline of passenger numbers, the terminal works will greatly improve the experience had by future passengers at the Roma Airport," Cr Denton said.

"Council is committed to further improving the passenger experience at the Roma Airport terminal."

Cr Denton said the council had since reviewed the 2013 Master Plan to align it with current passenger numbers.

"A Roma Airport Master Plan was completed in 2013, which identified expansion options for the terminal," she said.

"Since completion of the master plan, Council has reviewed the scope of works for the expansion project to ensure it aligns with current and future passenger numbers.

"As a result, Council has developed a reduced scope of works for this expansion project that will easily allow further works in the future, if it required."

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