AIRPORT FORECAST FOR RECORD YEAR
THE Whitsunday Coast Airport is set to achieve its best result on record in the 2014-15 financial year with passenger numbers forecast to be their highest yet.
Whitsunday Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the airport was forecast to experience a 10 per cent growth during the 2014-15 financial year, resulting in a total direct tourism industry contribution by inbound passengers of about $200 million.
“These passenger number forecasts for 2014-15 exceed passenger numbers from before the Global Financial Crisis, showing increased confidence and growth in the local tourism industry,” she said.
Cr Whitney said these forecasts followed a very successful 2013-14 year, where the airport experienced an increase in carriers, flights and passengers.
She said the airport achieved a four per cent increase in passenger numbers for the 2013-14 financial year, with a 20 per cent growth in passenger numbers over the past three years.
“The Whitsunday Coast Airport experienced continual growth in what continues to be a challenging aviation market across Australia. The airport’s direct contribution to the tourism industry via inbound passenger spend for the 2013-14 year is just under $180 million, this has grown from $150 million in the 201011 financial year,” she said.
Actual passenger numbers totalled 243,795 for 2013-14, with total available seats being 320,099, creating an average flight load factor for the airport of 76 per cent.
Cr Whitney said it was anticipated that this would be improved markedly through the next year, with passenger numbers forecast to be between 270,000 and 280,000.
“Whitsunday Coast Airport staff, airline partners and ground crew are to be congratulated for their ongoing success in building the airports capacity,” she said.
BEST RESULT YET: The Whitsunday Coast Airport is set to achieve its best result on record in the 2014-15 financial year.