- Jun 30, 2002
MORE jumbo jets and heavy military aircraft will be able to fly direct to the national capital under new plans to strengthen Canberra Airport's main runway.
Federal Transport Minister Warren Truss today announced a $28.5 million grant for the project.
"The strengthening of the pavement surface will ensure heavy VIP aircraft can land safely, guaranteeing that visiting foreign dignitaries and their entourages are able to fly directly into the national capital," Mr Truss said.
To date, Canberra Airport has only been able to accommodate two 747 jumbo jets a year and medium sized aircraft, such as Dash 8, 737s, 727-400, 737-400 and Dash 8 Q-400, operated by Qantas and Jetstar.