Di­rect flights from Syd­ney to Proser­pine to start next week

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

NEXT Tues­day, April 1, the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port will see the first Tiger Air di­rect flight from Syd­ney touch down in the sunny Whit­sun­days.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil worked in part­ner­ship with Tiger Air to se­cure this new di­rect route from Syd­ney, into Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port which will op­er­ate three weekly re­turn ser­vices ev­ery Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said the new Tiger Air ser­vice would pro­vide 56,000 additional vis­i­tor seats to the Whit­sun­days each year which equates to more than 1000 seats per week and an es­ti­mated in­crease in eco­nomic value to the re­gion of $6 mil­lion per an­num.

“The eco­nomic boost to the Whit­sun­day re­gion from this new di­rect flight will be huge, I know lo­cal ho­tel and tourism oper­a­tors are very happy that this di­rect flight is open­ing up the Whit­sun­day re­gion to the Syd­ney mar­ket,” Mayor Whit­ney said.

“The Whit­sun­day re­gion has been cry­ing out for di­rect flights from ma­jor cities other than Bris­bane and the open­ing up of the Syd­ney route is the start of an ex­cit­ing fu­ture for the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port.

“Along with the added tourism be- ne­fit for the re­gion, I know many lo­cals will also be very pleased they can now fly di­rectly to Syd­ney from the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port.

“The Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil is work­ing with air­lines and in­vestors to ex­pand ex­ist­ing flight routes, add new routes and de­velop the air­port it­self, with the aim of up­grad­ing the air­port to in­ter­na­tional sta­tus,” Mayor Whit­ney said.

“Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil is also in dis­cus­sions with the Queens­land Govern­ment re­gard­ing des­ig­nat­ing the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port as a Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area (PDA).

“A PDA for the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port will max­imise the eco­nomic and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties of this key precinct.

“It will make any po­ten­tial fu­ture ex­pan­sion of the ter­mi­nal or run­way at the air­port much eas­ier. It will also mean there is a po­ten­tial in the fu­ture for the air­port to be up­graded to a stan­dard which would al­low in­ter­na­tional flights.

“Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil is very pleased that the com­mence­ment of di­rect flights from Syd­ney is just the be­gin­ning of ex­cit­ing times ahead for the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port,” she said.

NEW DI­REC­TION: Tiger Air­ways will be of­fer­ing the first di­rect flight to Syd­ney from the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port in Proser­pine next Tues­day.

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