How we will take the fight to larger south­ern states

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

BRIS­BANE Air­port will chal­lenge Syd­ney and Mel­bourne as the coun­try’s premier in­ter­na­tional gate­way over the next quar­ter cen­tury, serv­ing an area stretch­ing from north Queens­land to New­cas­tle.

Bris­bane Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said the air­port would prob­a­bly never catch the south­ern cap­i­tals but com­pe­ti­tion for lu­cra­tive in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers would in­ten­sify. “A good ex­am­ple is China and North Amer­ica, where we are un­der served at the mo­ment so we have pas­sen­gers fly­ing in to south­east Queens­land via Syd- ney for ex­am­ple. That’s go­ing to change. Those pas­sen­gers pre­fer to have a direct con­nec­tion to south­east Queens­land.”

He said busi­ness and com­mer­cial pas­sen­gers would in­creas­ingly de­mand direct links to Queens­land’s big­gest air­port, which would serve as a hub for travel through the state.

Chris Mills, CEO of Queens­land Air­ports Lim­ited, which owns the Gold Coast Air­port, said the ex­pected in­flux of in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers would en­sure south­east Queens­land re­mained the most com­pet­i­tive air­port mar­ket in Aus­tralia.

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