Roma Airport was officially reopened by Council on Saturday, 25 March, after an extensive airport terminal upgrade majorly transformed the facility.

The $3.3 million renovation has created additional counter and queuing space for passenger check-ins, increased amenity and cafe facilities, an extended passenger check-in conveyor system, and fire and water system upgrades.

Portfolio Chair for Airports, Councillor Cameron O’Neil, said the redevelopment has enhanced the travel experience for Roma Airport’s passengers, visitors, and staff alike.

“Council is thrilled to have officially opened the newly designed terminal,” he said.

“It provides our bustling airport with the space and facilities it needs to accommodate its larger passenger numbers.”

On top of added functionality within the airport, passengers may have also noticed the addition of bottle tree sculptures, which were created by artist and structural designer, Cameron Eaton.

Mr Eaton won the Santos Acquisitive Sculpture Award to design a work of art as part of the airport redevelopment.

“What was really critical for me was to design and build a sculpture within the budget and have relevance and importance to the community of Roma,” he said.

Mr Eaton also wanted his sculptures to hold relevance for Roma’s war history.

“The sculptures are named for Ashburn and Wilson, which are the first and last names on the cenotaph in Roma, so they represent those soldiers and everyone in between.”

Changes to the position of Roma Airport’s car park access road have also occurred where the first hour of parking is free, with a fee of $2 for each hour afterwards, or a maximum of $10 per day to all travellers.

Councillor Cameron O’Neil said he is pleased with the newly designed terminal as it is more functional and visually pleasing than ever before.

“I commend local builders, SM and Ka Duff, who have done a fantastic job,” he said.

With the redevelopment’s funding coming solely from external organisations and airport passenger tax, landing and car park fees, the rate payer has not been affected by the development.

The Roma Airport Terminal Upgrade project was funded by the Queensland Government in association with Maranoa Regional Council and Australia Pacific LNG