Flying with the times
Written on the 30 November -1
Dennis Chant inspires others to aim high
FROM a one-man show in 1999 to more than 100 staff today, Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) has become a soaring success story under the control of its managing director, Dennis Chant.
Last year, QAL turned over $56 million - $37 million of which came from the Gold Coast Airport (GCA).
Mr Chant created his own leadership role within the corporate entity that acts as an umbrella to three airports in Queensland - Gold Coast, Mt Isa and Townsville. He now oversees more than 100 staff across three terminals, but it's the Gold Coast terminal that he has been instrumental in putting on the map - the gateway to Australia's premier tourist destination.
More likely to fly economy to set a 'good example to the troops', the affable air transport doyen has transformed the GCA into one of then fastest-growing terminals in Australia. With runway extensions due for completion in March 2007, Asia is the next port of call with direct flights taking off next year.
A single, extra 767 flight per day will provide an additional 100,000 seats a year into the region, create an estimated 800 direct and indirect jobs and increase immediate expenditure by $130 million.
"One challenge I face from a leadership perspective is getting individuals to