It’s been a red hot summer north of Brisbane with Sunshine Coast Airport reporting a 19% boost in passenger numbers – but locals want more investment to ensure such growth can continue.
Almost a quarter of a million passengers touched down in December, January and February due to significant airline capacity increases.
New services from Virgin Australia and Jetstar, Air New Zealand’s launch of direct trans-Tasman flights, and the return of Qantas services to Sydney.
“February was a sensational month for the airport,” said Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager Peter Pallot.
“In what is typically a quiet month, we have had 65,261 passengers pass through our gates. That’s a 25% growth rate year on year.”
However, for this growth to be possible extra investment is required, said Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Ambrose.
“The reality is that we need a major overhaul and upgrade if we are to maintain the momentum.
“Regional destinations are all about competitive advantage. As soon as a region gets – or loses – a competitive advantage, the tourism situation can change dramatically.
“While we may have one of the most enviable destinations in the country, unless we have the infrastructure to support it, we will lose out.”