Dec 16, 2010

Flying to and from Wagga just got safer

Flying to and from Wagga just got safer

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

December 16 2010

This morning, Wagga Wagga Airport’s new Instrument Landing System (ILS) was switched on, thanks to a $1.1 million grant by the Gillard Government.

Airservices Australia successfully commissioned this new international-standard navigation technology, which allows the city’s airport to remain open during adverse weather conditions, such as fog.

The project, which cost more than $1.6 million, has supported up to 15 jobs during construction.

This investment means safer flying for passengers and aircraft travelling to and from Wagga, especially in bad weather.

I was in Wagga only in May this year to announce the Gillard Government’s grant for the Instrument Landing System and I am very pleased to see it up and running in just seven months.

The Instrument Landing System has also been critical in supporting the new Regional Express (Rex)’s Australian Airline Pilot Academy to Wagga, boosting jobs and helping the city become a regional aviation hub.

The technology will also support the technical training school that Airservices has established in Wagga with TAFE NSW’s Riverina Institute in 2008.

I thank Wagga Wagga City Council, Airservices Australia and Regional Express who shared the remaining costs of the project.