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Whitsunday Coast Airport delivers best result on record

By Mark Beale

Whitsunday Coast Airport has delivered its best result on record for the 2014/2015 financial year with 282,500 passengers utilising the facility and giving an increase of 16.7% on the previous year.

Mayor Cr Jennifer Whitney said the growth potential of the Whitsunday Coast Airport is evident with the airport’s past 4 financial year’s passenger numbers growing by 31%.

“Over the past 4 years, our flight services have grown from 14 return services per week to 31 return services per week; that’s an incredible achievement,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Growth is forecast to continue at a double digit rate due to the introduction of direct Jetstar Melbourne services. This service is expected to grow in frequency as passenger loads have been strong since the flight’s commencement,” she said.

“Tigerair’s flights from Sydney have grown from 3 to 4 flights per week while the Brisbane services provided by Virgin Australia and Jetstar remain the key route for the airport,

“The Whitsunday Coast Airport is the most significant piece of infrastructure in the Whitsunday
region to drive economic and tourism growth in the future,

“Council’s vision to develop the Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub is now our primary focus as it will secure the future prosperity of our region,

“Congratulations must go to our airline partners, ground crew, all stake holders and airport staff for all their hard work during the airport’s best year on record.

The key achievements of the airport for the Financial Year are as follows:

• The 2014/15FY was the best year on record for the Whitsunday Coast Airport with in excess of 282 000 passengers passing through the facility, growing by 40 000 passengers
or 16.7%
• The Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub Project commenced in partnership with the State Government of Queensland
• Tiger Air increased services between Sydney and the Whitsunday Coast
• Jetstar Airways introduced services between Melbourne and the Whitsunday Coast
• Both Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways maintained capacity between Brisbane and the Whitsunday Coast
• As the owner and operator of the Whitsunday Coast Airport, Council took over operations as the Security Screening Point Authority at the Airport, taking overall responsibility for
security at the airport
• An $800 000.00 upgrade of the Airfield Ground Lighting was completed on time and within budget, the method of delivery was presented to the Australia Airports Association Airfield
Lighting and Pavements Conference in Sydney by the Airport Operations Manager
• October was the best month on record with in excess of 26 000 passengers passing through the airport
• Jetstar Airways celebrated its 10th Birthday and 10 years of flying to the Whitsunday Coast, with a special lunch hosted by Council and the region’s tourism industry, to celebrate the
milestone with Jetstar’s Chief Executive Officer – Mr David Hall
• The Whitsunday Coast Airport won the Local Government Award Tourism and Business at the Whitsunday Tourism Awards
• There was an upgrade of Terminal and Car Parking facilities for the comfort of passengers
this included the introduction of free Wi-Fi for passengers
• On the last day of the financial year the airport welcomed the mighty Queensland Maroons
State of Origin Team for their regional fan day in Proserpine

WHITSUNDAY COAST AIRPORT END OF FINANCIALYEAR PASSENGER NUMBERS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Passenger growth at the airport has been delivered via a growing schedule, during the past 4 years flights have grown from 14 return services per week to 31 return services per week. The current return flight schedule per airline is below:
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA – 12 FLIGHTS PER WEEK WHITSUNDAY COAST – BRISBANE
JETSTAR AIRWAYS – 7 FLIGHTS PER WEEK WHITSUNDAY COAST – BRISBANE
TIGER AIR – 4 FLIGHTS PER WEEK WHITSUNDAY COAST –SYDNEY
JETSTAR AIRWAYS – 3 FLIGHTS PER WEEK WHITSUNDAY COAST – MELBOURNE
Future growth and route development will focus upon the following:
BRISBANE ROUTE – evening service SYDNEY ROUTE – continued growth MELBOURNE ROUTE – continued growth QUEENSLAND COASTAL CONNECTIONS – services connecting the Whitsundays with Queensland Regional Cities
Potential new services and International charter flights:
DARWIN ROUTE ADELAIDE ROUTE INTERNATIONAL CHARTER PROPOSALS FOR DIRECT NEW ZEALAND AND MAINLAND CHINA ARE CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT
As the owner and operator of the Whitsunday Coast Airport, Council took over operations as the Security Screening Point Authority at the Airport, taking overall responsibility for security at the airport – An $800 000.00 upgrade of the Airfield Ground Lighting was completed on time and within budget, the method of delivery was presented to the Australia Airports Association Airfield Lighting and Pavements Conference in Sydney by the Airport Operations Manager – October was the best month on record with in excess of 26 000 passengers passing through the airport – Jetstar Airways celebrated it’s 10th Birthday and 10 years of flying to the Whitsunday Coast, with a special lunch hosted by Council and the region’s tourism industry, to celebrate the milestone with Jetstar’s Chief Executive Officer – Mr David Hall – The Whitsunday Coast Airport won the Local Government Award Tourism and Business at the Whitsunday Tourism Awards – There was an upgrade of Terminal and Car Parking facilities for the comfort of passengers this included the introduction of free wi-fi for passengers – On the last day of the financial year the airport welcomed the mighty Queensland Maroons State of Origin Team for their regional fan day in Proserpine. Overall the airport has achieved excellent results for the region and played a critical role in supporting our regions Tourism industry. The main focus for the upcoming financial year is the continued growth of the airport and the delivery of the Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub Project.
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