Parkes Regional Airport has welcomed record passenger numbers, with 34,276 travellers passing through the terminal last year.
Since the introduction of the REX $99 Community Fare scheme the airport has recorded a 23 percent increase in 2018, up from 27,961 passengers in 2017.
Parkes Airport Committee Chair, Councillor Alan Ward said, "the introduction of the Community Fare scheme between Parkes and Sydney has been a tremendous success."
"The affordable fares have greatly enhanced accessibility to the city for our community, and conversely driven visitation to our Shire."
In order to enhance traveller experience, Council is trailing a coffee van at the airport for one month.
Commencing this week, Coffee Fix by Larz will be selling barista-made coffee out the front of the terminal each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to coincide with the REX departure and arrival times. If the service proves popular, Council will look at more permanent options for inside the terminal.
In 2016, Council constructed the new $3 million terminal to cater for the increasing demand in services. Following on from the redevelopment of the terminal, Council is now carrying out further works to facility.
Co-funded by Council and the Australian Government’s National Stronger Region’s Fund, Stage 2 of the Airport Business Park project is currently underway. This project will facilitate investment in the airport industrial precinct by unlocking a commercial hangar precinct with new airside apron constructed, in conjunction with the necessary service upgrades (sewer/power/water) to support flagged investment opportunities (both present and future) at the Airport.
The final stage of the Parkes Regional Airport Masterplan will afford Council the opportunity to develop and lease a further five sites for commercial investment.
Additionally, under the Australian Government’s Tourism Driver Infrastructure Fund, Council has recently delivered a new 600 metre access road to the Business Park.