Air­port flies into record books

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A RECORD was set at the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port last month with a 31 per cent in­crease in pas­sen­ger num­bers for Fe­bru­ary com­pared to the same month last year.

Last year, 15,850 pas­sen­gers passed through the ter­mi­nal dur­ing Fe­bru­ary, while this Fe­bru­ary there were 20,857 pas­sen­gers. This equates to about 5000 ex­tra pas­sen­gers over­all in what is tra­di­tion­ally known as the Whit­sun­days’ qui­etest tourism month.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said th­ese out­stand­ing Fe­bru­ary fig­ures could be at­trib­uted to three fac­tors – di­rect Syd­ney flights with Tiger Air, favourable weather and the growth in event-based tourism thanks to Chi­nese New Year ac­tiv­i­ties held in part­ner­ship with other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Th­ese pas­sen­ger num­bers are very much above what was fore­cast and place the air­port in a po­si­tion to be well in ex­cess of the pre- vi­ously fore­cast 270,000–280,000 pas­sen­gers for 2015,” she said.

“With the re­cent an­nounce­ment of di­rect Jet­star flights from Mel­bourne com­menc­ing in June, Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port is set for an­other record year.”

Coun­cil’s CEO Scott Wa­ters, who has been charged with de­vel­op­ing the air­port and grow­ing pas­sen­ger num­bers, promised it had not reached the pin­na­cle yet.

“There’s a lot more to come,” he said.

“There’s some great things we’ve got on the boil and if they all come through... the fu­ture’s just quite amaz­ing.”

Cr Whit­ney said as the air­port con­tin­ued to grow it would be a can­di­date for new tech­nolo­gies and air ser­vices in­clud­ing much­needed fire-fight­ing and res­cue ser­vices.

She also said the air­port’s fu­ture di­rec­tion, in­clud­ing achiev­ing in­ter­na­tional sta­tus, was con­tin­u­ally be­ing ad­dressed.

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