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The Whitsunday Coast Airport has posted the best first quarter result on record with in excess of72,000 passengers passing through the terminal during July, August and September of 2014.
The result eclipses the previous comparative quarterly result posted in 2007 and overall is anextremely healthy 17.6% increase in passenger numbers for the same period as last year.
Whitsunday Regional Council’s Mayor Jennifer Whitney said that the strategy Council has put inplace to grow and develop the airport is not only positively affecting the airport, but having verypositive effects for the region’s tourism industry.
“Council is huge supporter of the region’s tourism Industry via the infrastructure we provide across our beautiful region and the support we provide to our regional and local tourism organisations,” she said.
“Our airport, which is the community’s airport, is a key component in our infrastructure commitment to the tourism industry.
“Results such as these provide a huge confidence boost to our region and our economy and it isvery pleasing to see the hard work Council is putting into to the facility is paying dividends.
“In addition, Council’s and the State Government’s – Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub Project (WCA IEH) will provide the framework for future growth, development and investment.”
Council’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Scott Waters said the record result is a culmination of 3 years of hard work across Council, with more still to be done, to ensure we are providing the very best possible facility for our airline partners, passengers and stakeholders.
“Three years ago the airport posted its worst financial year result since the Global Financial Crisis, 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,” he said.
“Today we are on the cusp of high level growth at the airport that will positively affect the entireregion.
“Our airport is a fantastic community asset of which Council is planning to develop via the WCAIEH Project.
“This will allow the community’s asset to reach its full potential and provide the region with its only fully integrated multi-modal transport hub, focused on road, rail and air transportation.” Mr Waters said.
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