Australia’s newest airport Wellcamp is now classified as a regional international gateway, under Australia’s International Air Services arrangements. The privately funded airport opened in November 2014 and is located just outside Toowoomba city in south east Queensland.
The designation opens up the Toowoomba region to operate foreign carriers without capacity restrictions. Wellcamp and Wagner family who own and operate the airport have welcomed the growth and support from both locals, business and the Federal Government. Within the 24 months the airport now runs 72 domestic passenger flights per week including to Sydney, Melbourne and Townsville.
While the airport is expected to increase it’s strong growth in domestic passenger flights, the onsite industrial park and freight operations is the focus for 2017. Wagner Global Chairman John Wagner welcomed the international gateway news and described it a major benefit for Queensland’s primary producers and exporters.
Cathay Pacific Cargo operated a Boeing 747 freighter service at the end of last year to Hong Kong and has now confirmed it will commence a weekly service out of the airport.
“The opportunities this creates for Queensland exporters to benefit from Australia’s free trade agreements and to access the world’s biggest consumer markets are unlimited,” said John.
The China connection is set to boost the multi-million-dollar agricultural sector, allowing producers to export chilled beef and other perishables direct to Asia.
As for international passenger plans, we won’t expect anything in the short to medium future. The runway length is ready and the terminal facilities are prepared for expansion… It’s just matter of time…
Austraveller founder Lachlan Nicolson flew into the airport earlier this year via a AirNorth jet from Melbourne, codeshared with Qantas. “I absolutely loved the experience of flying into my hometown. It’s a beautiful an scenic airport to enter into and depart from. Getting on and of the plane is extremely fast and the short drive to the city is much more convenient than travelling to Brisbane.”
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