- Wednesday 06 March 2013
Mayor Mark Jamieson said an extra runway at Sunshine Coast Airport could provide the solution to Brisbane’s backlog of flights.
Mr Jamieson has told the Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney the Sunshine Coast is the ideal alternative to a Brisbane Airport expansion – and will be reminding him again today.
“The Sunshine Coast Airport is perfectly placed, priced and prepared – it’s the obvious choice,” Mr Jamieson said.
“Our airport is an hour from Brisbane, our runway could be delivered at a fraction of the cost, and most of our land is ready to build on now.
“Our new runway could take as little as 5 years to build – Brisbane is looking at least 8 years, the Environmental Impact Statement on the airport expansion is already well underway.
In the short term, we could take Brisbane’s overflow flights right now as its peak periods are the opposite of ours.
“The Sunshine Coast has a potential catchment area of 750,000 people, which would cover an area from Hervey to the north, Pine Rivers to the south and South Burnett to the west.
“More flights going to the Sunshine Coast would mean less traffic on the Bruce Highway – it’s a win-win for transport in South East Queensland.
“The Sunshine Coast Airport has been voted major airport of the year two years in a row, it’s just secured another season of Air New Zealand flights and Tiger returns just before Easter.
“Its pivotal role in our region can’t be overstated – it’s the gateway to our business and tourism industries – and a crucial part of the Sunshine Coast’s future.
“The Sunshine Coast Airport is a great Queensland asset, and with the help of the state and federal governments it could become even more valuable to Australia’s economy.”
Mayor Jamieson joined his Council of Mayors (SEQ) colleagues on a delegation to Canberra last year to argue the benefits of the extra runway.