Little concern over runway extension
A GROUP of Banora Point residents living under the Gold Coast Airport's flight path have come out in support of its runway extension, despite fears property prices might plummet.
The airport announced they would add an extra 458 metres to the runway in two years time to allow international flights to land locally.
For some of those living in the flight path, the extension has not been a major concern.
Belinda Campey said she moved in with the knowledge of the planes flying overhead and had grown used to them.
"They don't worry me, you learn to get used to them," she said.
Local real estate agents said buyers had not shied away from homes in the flight path, but warned there could be some fallout from the extension.
Raine and Horne Tweed Heads and Coolangatta managing director Lance Cotterill said a price fall was inevitable.
"Any amount of air flight impacts on properties. More planes have got to make some sort of im- pact, although people knew about their presence when they bought," he said.
"The extension might affect the resale if people are concerned about it."
The Professionals Banora Point and Coolangatta managing director, Carl Petersen, said he doubted a price fall would be big, if there even was one.
"I don't think the extension will have a big impact and the benefits of living here will offset any problems," he said.
"They do fly over Banora Point but I have never seen that as a major issue in the marketplace."
Airport chief Dennis Chant said the international flights would not use planes bigger than those used now.