Flight plans all the talk at business expo
  • Tuesday 17 April 2012

Sunshine Coast Airport has a great story to tell about its recent achievements as well as its current and future plans – and it will have a presence at the Sunshine Coast Business Expo to share the news.

The Sunshine Coast Council-owned airport is currently being reconfigured to accommodate international passengers in preparation for the first-ever Air New Zealand scheduled passenger flights commencing 1 July this year.

That achievement follows the airport’s winning of the 2011 Major Airport of the Year award, and coincides with commencing the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement relating to the airport’s proposed new east-west runway.

"Sunshine Coast Airport will be presenting an update on the development of its expansion plans," general manager Peter Pallot said.

"The future of the airport looks very bright, as we prepare to expand to accommodate increasing international travel as well as our aircraft maintenance facilities.

"We are currently looking at ways to carve out a share of the mining boom and we are continuing to lobby airlines to expand their services from this airport to connect with northern destinations."

Mr Pallot said tickets and package deals associated with the new Air New Zealand service were also selling well, supporting substantial demand from Kiwis seeking to holiday on the Sunshine Coast this winter.

Airport staff will present its update on Thursday 10 May at the Sunshine Coast Business Expo from 11am.

The expo is taking place at the Mooloolaba campus of Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 May. Visit Sunshine Coast Business Expo website for more information.