Record re­sults for our air­port

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

THE Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port has posted its best first quar­ter re­sult on record, with more than 72,000 pas­sen­gers pass­ing through the ter­mi­nal dur­ing July, Au­gust and Septem­ber of 2014.

The re­sult eclipses the pre­vi­ous com­par­a­tive quar­terly re­sult, posted in 2007, and is a far cry from just three years ago, when the air­port posted its worst fi­nan­cial year re­sult since the Global Fi­nan­cial Cri­sis (GFC).

Over­all, it is an ex­tremely healthy 17.6 per cent in­crease in pas­sen­ger num­bers for the same pe­riod as last year.

Whit­sun­day Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said the strat­egy Coun­cil had put in place to grow and de­velop the air­port was hav­ing pos­i­tive ef­fects on both the fa­cil­ity and the re­gion’s tourism in­dus­try.

“Our air­port, which is the com­mu­nity’s air­port, is a key com­po­nent in our in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­ment to the tourism in­dus­try,” she said. “Re­sults such as th­ese pro­vide a huge con­fi­dence boost to our re­gion and our econ­omy and it is very pleas­ing to see the hard work Coun­cil is putting into the fa­cil­ity is pay­ing div­i­dends.”

Coun­cil’s CEO Scott Wa­ters said the record re­sult was a cul­mi­na­tion of three years of hard work across Coun­cil, with more still to be done, to en­sure pro­vi­sion of the very best pos­si­ble fa­cil­ity for air­line part­ners, pas­sen­gers and stake­hold­ers.

“Three years ago the air­port posted its worst fi­nan­cial year re­sult since the GFC, [and] at that point in time it was paramount to get the fa­cil­ity mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion again to en­sure that the re­gion’s tourism in­dus­try could pros­per and grow,” Mr Wa­ters said.

“To­day we are on the cusp of high level growth at the air­port that will pos­i­tively af­fect the en­tire re­gion.”

Mr Wa­ters said the air­port was a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity as­set which Coun­cil and the State Gov­ern­ment were plan­ning to de­velop via the ‘ Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port In­ter­na­tional Ex­port Hub Project’ (WCA IEH)

“This will al­low the com­mu­nity’s as­sets to reach its full po­ten­tial and pro­vide the re­gion with its only fully in­te­grated mul­ti­modal trans­port hub, fo­cused on road, rail and air trans­porta­tion,” he said.

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