The scale of the upgraded Port Macquarie Airport Terminal is beginning to take shape.
The first stage of the $9.875 million project should be open to the public by the second half of 2019.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's director corporate performance Rebecca Olsen, says the the remainder of the project is due to conclude by the end of the year.
The work, which began in October, is on track, she said.
“Upgrades to the Port Macquarie Airport Terminal are progressing well and are on track for completion by the end of 2019," Ms Olsen said.
"Visitors to the airport will notice that about three quarters of the former terminal has been demolished and replaced by the frame of the updated terminal, with concrete slabs, structural steelwork and the majority of the roof already installed.
"Works have also included permanent sewer connection, which is a major improvement on the previous septic system.
"In coming months, council’s builder - AW Edwards - will focus on closing in the building exterior and commencing the internal fit out of the new departure lounge, amenities, café, retail area, car rental desks and passenger screening area.
"This first stage of construction is due to be finalised and open to the public by the second half of 2019," she said.
The remainder of the project, including new check in facilities, offices and baggage collection carousel, is due to conclude by the end of 2019."
The $9.875 million upgrade project is being funded through a $5 million contribution from the state government and $1.25 million from the federal government.
The council is contributing up to $3.625 million to the project.
Regular visitor to Port Macquarie, Manu Goldmann, says she was surprised to see how far the work had progressed.
"I travel to Port Macquarie for work and I hope the terminal looks nice when it is completed," she said.
Ms Goldmann said the work had meant that the current operating terminal was a bit small.
"But I hope it works out to be a good move once the terminal is complete," she added.
Ms Olsen said council was excited to deliver the upgrade.
"This work will double the existing floor space, increase service capability and provide a more contemporary, comfortable and efficient facility for passengers and other airport visitors," she said.
"A concept plan and artists impression of the new terminal is available on council’s website at pmhc.nsw.gov.au/airport-terminal-upgrade.”
The original terminal was constructed in 1994.
Airport operations will continue as normal.
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