Cairns, Queensland


Cairns Port Authority



  • Airports


 1996 – 1997 

Contract value

<$25 million 


Cairns Airport Apron Works

Fast facts

2 weeks

ahead of schedule

0 (zero) no.

unplanned operational impacts

0 (zero) no.

safety incidents


The project scope involves the construction of new pavements, extensive earthworks, drainage, and lighting to the Cairns Airport Domestic (Terminal 2) Apron. The project scope include:

  • Stripping of topsoil
  • Excavation of materials
  • Installation and compaction of base and subbase
  • Prime coat to asphaltic pavement
  • Supply and laying of asphaltic concrete pavement over new apron and taxiway
  • Drainage works
  • Dewatering for pavement construction
  • Line marking
  • Taxiway lighting
  • Relocation of wind sock
  • Apron lighting
  • Landscaping

Working airside in an operating airport will pose many challenges for the project team. Strict controls will be implemented to ensure the works are completed in the safest manner while minimising risk and disruption to workers, airport staff, the general public, and airport operations. Works will be carried out efficiently to ensure the program is finalised within the Client’s timeframe. This will require extensive project planning to complete construction milestones around the schedules of oncoming and exiting aircraft, and around Defence Force airport operations.

Testament of the teams dedication, a strong safety awareness culture was instilled amongst project staff to ensure workers, airport employees and the general public were not at risk of any safety hazards throughout project operations. The project was completed to the Client’s satisfaction below budget, 2 weeks ahead of schedule, with no unplanned operational impacts and zero safety incidents.

“The works were undertaken in stages (one parking bay at a time) to keep the apron fully operational. This required very careful programming and execution to ensure satisfactory interfaces with aircraft up to B747 size, other airside vehicles, airport personnel and passengers. Seymour Whyte brought this difficult project to a successful conclusion some two weeks early, avoiding disruption to airport operations during the busy Christmas period. The project was completed below budget.”

Ian Brauman, Associate, Connell Wagner, Dec 1999

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