GLADSTONE Airport's new $9.2 million aviation rescue fire station has been officially opened today.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd joined Airservices Australia's Michelle Bennetts at the ceremony.

A continued increase in passengers at Gladstone Airport prompted Airservices Australia to construct a new fire station to ensure capability kept pace with the demands of growth in aviation, and to provide an added layer of safety to airport users.

The event included a plaque unveiling and an inspection of the fire station.

Senior fire commander Greg Hunt in August said the Gladstone facility was unique with its access to the airstrip on one side, and the entrance on Callemondah Dr.

"I have never seen such a good job done straight up on a facility like this," he said.

The government-owned Airservices Australia station and crew were paid for through landing charges.



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