Alice Springs, which is best known as an aircraft boneyard and storage facility, is set to benefit from a $3.5 million investment from the Nothern Territory (NT) government.
The investment will help create 55 local jobs. It will also entail building new roads to ensure the facility’s capacity can meet demand.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), parking spaces at the regional airport are in demand.
Tom Vincent, owner of the Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (APAS) maintenance facility told ABC: “As soon as extra spots for storage come online, there are aircraft filling those spots.”
NT’s new investment package will see the aircraft parking facility double its workforce and it will also inject more than $10 million directly and indirectly into the Northern Territories economy.
“Storing aircraft is not just a coronavirus issue but obviously more planes are grounded than flying so there is a unique opportunity here,” concluded Chief Minister Gunner told NT News.