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(Statement by the Minister for Civil ' Aviation, Senator Shane Paltridge)

Canberra Airport's main 6,800ft. runway will be ·

strengthened to take heavier aircraft like the Electra Prop-jet

and the Boeing 727. .

The work, which will start in December, is expected

to cost approximately £200,000. .

The Minister for Civil Aviation, Senator Shane

Paltridge, who announced this today, said the terminal apron would

also be strengthened and extended to enable it to handle up to

six heavy aircraft simultaneously. The extensions would also

provide a greater manoeuvring area for aircraft.

Senator Paltridge said that both Ansett-A.N.A. and

T.A.A. planned to introduce Boeing 727 jets on to Australian

domestic air routes late next year. This would mean the

deployment of heavier aircraft like Electras onto routes at

present not served by aircraft of this size.

Senator Paltridge said that the work involved cement

stabilization of the runway and topping it with a 2 inch layer

of bituminious concrete.

The runway would be closed to all aircraft for

.about five weeks.

The Airport's second 5,450ft. runway w»uld remain

open - except for very short periods when work was being carried

out at the intersection of the two■runways.

However, the work would be done in phases to

minimize interruption to airline schedules. The Department of

Civil Aviation was discussing this problem with the airlines.

Senator Paltridge added that.the runway work was

expected to be completed about the end of February and the

apron strengthening and extension by the end of May.

CANBERRA 11th September, 1963·