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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Cr Jennifer Whitney said the Whitsunday Coast Airportcontinues to achieve top performance results in the monthly Domestic On Time PerformanceReport.
“The May report shows Whitsunday Coast Airport is the number one airport for on time arrivals inAustralia, achieving 97.5%,” Mayor Whitney said.“Whitsunday Coast Airport was also first in Australia for on time arrivals for a particular route, withthe Brisbane-Proserpine leg achieving 97.5% of flights on time in May.“This is another wonderful achievement for the Whitsunday Coast Airport, who has consistentlybeen in the top 10 performing airports in Australia.“This shows how efficiently our airport crews work to ensure passengers have a smooth andseamless journey to and from our beautiful region.“It also demonstrates that the infrastructure in place within the airport is providing our airlinepartners with the very best in passenger through put, to ensure the best possible turnaround times.“These results follow on from April’s report which showed Whitsunday Coast Airport was numbertwo in the country for on time departures and number eight in the country for on time arrivals.“In the May report Whitsunday Coast Airport was also fourth in Australia for on time departures, the best in Queensland, this coupled with the introduction of a new carrier and route to the airport, with Tiger Air flights to Sydney, makes the achievement so much more impressive.” she said.
Mayor Whitney the airport’s on time performance is further enhanced by the growth in passenger numbers with April 2014 being the best performing April on record and May on par with passengers numbers prior to the GFC.
“Excellent on time performance and passenger figures for the Whitsunday Coast Airport is fantastic news for the region as the airport is the single most important piece of infrastructure in the region to grow tourism and economic development,” she said.
“Over the past two and half years the airport has grown from 28 flights per week to 44 flights perweek, by the end of year it is projected to be 50 flights per week.
“Over the same time passenger numbers have grown from 203 000 per annum to a projected 250 000 for this financial year, with projections for the next financial year at 270 000.
“The Council is working with airlines and investors to expand existing flight routes, add new routes and develop the airport itself, with the aim of upgrading the airport to international status as the Whitsunday Coast International Export Hub,” she said.
“Whitsunday Regional Council is also in discussions with the Queensland Government regardingdesignating the Whitsunday Coast Airport as a Priority Development Area (PDA).
“A PDA for the Whitsunday Coast Airport will maximise the economic and developmentopportunities of this key precinct, expanding the developable size from 430 hectares to over 1000 hectares, creating a unique precinct on the East Coast of Australia with direct access to the North Coast Railway Line and the Bruce Highway.
“A PDA for the Whitsunday Coast Airport will make any potential future expansion of the terminalor runway at the airport much easier,” she said.
View the Australian Government’s Departure of Infrastructure and Regional DevelopmentDomestic On Time Performance Report.
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