Topics:  injune, injune airport, resource industry, santos glng

Santos turns its back on Injune Airport

Injune Airport will remain closed for the foreseeable future after Santos said it was not their responsibility to fix the runway which has been damaged by oversized planes servicing the resource industry.
Injune Airport will remain closed for the foreseeable future after Santos said it was not their responsibility to fix the runway which has been damaged by oversized planes servicing the resource industry. Derek Barry

SANTOS GLNG has turned its back on Injune Airport much to the disgust of locals.

The airport was closed last year to all but emergency vehicles after heavy planes used by the resource industry caused damage to the runways.

Maranoa Regional Council had been discussing with Santos about the companies paying for repairs to re-open the airport.

However Thursday's Advance Injune meeting heard that Santos has refused to pay for the airport repairs passing the blame to subcontractors for the damage.

"How can Santos get away with this, they are ultimately responsible," said one angry local at the meeting.

A Santos spokesperson confirmed to the Western Star the company would not be contributing funds to the Injune Airport.

"Santos GLNG provided $2.5 million towards upgrading the Roma Airport (and) the overwhelming majority of activity generated by the Santos GLNG Project will flow through the Roma Airport," the spokesperson said.

"The Injune Airport was used very little prior to its closure by Santos and the project will not need to use it due to the amount invested in upgrades to the Roma Airport."

The Western Star also asked whether the company should be accountable for damage to the airport caused by its subsidiaries but Santos GLNG provided no answer to the question.



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