New air­line in­vests in Glad­stone

Central Queensland News - - CQ INDUSTRY -

THE boom or bust cul­ture of Glad­stone has been re­flected sig­nif­i­cantly over the years with air­line com­pa­nies com­ing or go­ing de­pend­ing on the eco­nomic cli­mate.

Al­liance Air­lines are the new blood in town with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vid­ing flights and ser­vices to the re­source sec­tor over the past 15 years. But what makes them any dif­fer­ent to what has come and gone in the past?

“Every­one gets ex­cited about ma­jor projects but our fo­cus in the re­source sec­tor is about projects that are in oper­a­tion and about longterm sus­tain­able growth,” Al­liance Air­lines CEO Lee Schofield said.

“I think the risk is most peo­ple fo­cus on the re­gions from Bris­bane out, whereas our view with Glad­stone and in­deed in all of the re­gional routes we op­er­ate is that we re­ally have to in­vest in and en­gage di­rectly with the lo­cal com­mu­nity for it to be a suc­cess.

“To in­vest in and en­gage with” is eas­ily said, so how is Al­liance Air­lines go­ing to get to know Glad­stone and the peo­ple who live here?

“At this time the plan is to have our se­nior man­age­ment team come to Glad­stone sev­eral times a year. Dur­ing this con­fer­ence we also meet with gov­ern­ment, busi­ness, lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions,” he said.

Mr Schofield said most if not all of the com­pany’s re­source sec­tor flight routes are risk-free with Glad­stone con­sid­ered “low risk”.

How­ever, he said early in­di­ca­tions of ac­cep­tance by the lo­cal com­mu­nity show the air­line is be­ing sup­ported strongly, which has been ev­i­denced by Al­liance up­grad­ing a num­ber of flights from 80-pas­sen­ger F70s to 100-pas­sen­ger F100s.

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