RECORD PASSENGER MOVEMENTS AT GOLD COAST AIRPORT
Written on the 30 January 2017 by Business News Australia
A RECORD number of passengers moved through Queensland Airports Limited's (QAL) four ports in the 2016 calendar year.
The airport's growth is due to an increase in capacity of existing routes and the introduction of new domestic and international services.
GCA welcomed a permanent Hong Kong to Gold Coast service by Hong Kong Airlines in January 2016, while AirAsiaX commenced daily Auckland services in March and increased its Kuala Lumpur route to 11 per week from July. Qantas added services to Melbourne in October 2015 which operated for the full year in 2016.
Works have commenced to increase the airport's capacity to meet future demand. GCA's Project LIFT includes the expansion of the terminal building and additional aircraft parking stands. The project will be completed in stages over the next few years.
"Townsville has also returned to growth after some lean years, and we have made provision for future growth in our planned terminal redevelopment," says Mills.
Mount Isa and Longreach airports suffered declines in passenger movements due to challenging market conditions.
"Nevertheless, we are confident that this will change and continue to invest in these airports and each of the communities in which we operate," says Mills.
A new carpark is soon to officially
open at Mount Isa Airport, which will provide safer and more efficient access to the airport for visitors.
The airport is also installing 820 solar panels that are expected to offset more than 80 per cent of the airport's electricity usage during daylight hours.
Author: Business News Australia