QANTUS to fly from Wellcamp Airport

NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK SEPTEMBER 03 2014

AUSTRALIA’S biggest airline has signed a deal to fly out of the country’s first privately owned public airport.

Qantas will operate QantasLink flights out of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba, on Queensland’s Darling Downs from November 17.

The 2.87km runway is capable of handling Boeing 747 aircraft, but it’s expected the airport will generally host smaller Dash 8s.

Wagners chairman John Wagner said he was confident of a long-term relationship with QantasLink given the demand from business and leisure travel to Australia’s second largest inland city after Canberra.

“This is a momentous occasion for Australian aviation, our Toowoomba region and the airport,” said Mr Wagner.

“I speak on behalf of Wagners’ four shareholders, Joe, Denis, Neill and myself when I say that we always knew a major airline would see the potential of servicing southwest Queensland.”

QantasLink chief executive officer John Gissing said he was delighted to offer customers flights to the country’s newest airport.

“Qantas’ history began in Queensland over 94 years ago, so we’re delighted to be part of this important milestone in Queensland’s history,” Mr Gissing said.

 

“As Australia’s largest regional airline, we understand the needs of regional Australia and we’re confident that the new route will stimulate tourism and business opportunities for the Toowoomba area.

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