Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey with Bundaberg Regional Airport operations supervisor Allan Emery and Planet Shade’s Luke Voisey under the construction of a covered pedestrian path at the Bundaberg Regional Airport.

A covered pedestrian walkway is under construction at Bundaberg Regional Airport which will offer travellers protection from the elements.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the $260,000 contract for the construction of the walkway was awarded to local company Planet Shade.

“It is pleasing to see work progressing on a new covered airport walkway that will ensure passengers can get their luggage to and from their cars in all weather conditions,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“Council is committed to providing the necessary investment and infrastructure to provide an asset of which the regional community can be proud.”

The arched design of the shade structure mirrors the airport building design and wraps around the arrivals terminal, covering the taxi rank and drop off zone.

Tourism portfolio spokesperson Cr Greg Barnes said the project would be welcomed by the community and importantly, the thousands of visitors utilising the airport.

“This project has been on the radar for some time and it’s fantastic to see it nearing completion,” Cr Barnes said.

“The new covered walkway will provide protection from heat and inclement weather for passengers while they load or unload their luggage in the terminal precinct.

“It will certainly be a benefit to all passengers but will be particulary helpful for the elderly and those with a disability.”

Sails are currently being placed on the shade structure with the project set for completion in coming days.