International flights in far future
TWO years ago it was announced an international airport was expected to be developed to service the Whitsundays.
Today there’s still no sign of it.
Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox at the time said the plan was “very ambitious” and was not achievable.
“There’s a lot more involved to make an international terminal,” he said.
“We don’t have the room here for immigration, border security and customs and we need to upgrade our terminal to do that.”
Cr Willcox said the new council decided it would spend money on improving the domestic terminal rather than trying to adapt for an international terminal.
“An international program would give us 3000 seats but we’ve used less money and brought in 240,000 extra seats domestically,” he said.
“We’re developing a $24.5 million runway overlay out here and we’ve put tenders out for that.
“In reality, even if we had all the money (to develop an international terminal), it would still take four or five years to get it done.”
The State Government has been approached for a
$15 million grant to upgrade the terminal and a response is expected in the next few weeks.