Wagner family’s airport dream ready to take flight

Mr Wagner said the multi-million dollar project has been in the pipeline for more than a decade, but it was only in April last year the family decided to go full steam ahead with the project.

“There was an element of commercial risk associated with the project,” Mr Wagner said.

“We certainly did not make the decision to proceed lightly.

“I have no doubt the airport and business park will be a huge success.” Mr Wagner said the multi-million dollar project has been in the pipeline for more than a decade, but it was only in April last year the family decided to go full steam ahead with the project.

“There was an element of commercial risk associated with the project,” Mr Wagner said. “We certainly did not make the decision to proceed lightly.

“I have no doubt the airport and business park will be a huge success.” Mr Wagner said discussions were under way with serval carriers who were keen to service the airport once it was completed.

“We are in discussions with Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar,” he said. “They are all extremely interested in the project. “The airlines see Toowoomba as a fantastic market, one which they have not been able to tap into before.”

“The studies we have conducted reveal the most likely routes at first will be Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Adelaide and Townsville,” he said. “As well as regional centres such as Roma and Emerald. “We conducted a survey and 94% of respondents said they would use our airport over Brisbane.

“Our project is very attractive in the fact that out catchment is home to more than 350,000 people.” Mr Wagner revealed for the first time details about possible flight paths for aircraft using the airport. “There will be approaches at each end of the runway,” he said. “Our air corridor is about five miles wide.

Depending on the size of the aircraft, they will join that corridor at different heights. “Based on 500,000 passenger movements we expect about 24 planes per day. “Of that, only three will be large jets.”

Mr Wagner said the finer airspace details will be released in the coming months. “We are working through the final airspace design with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and other parties.

Mr Wagner said once the airport was completed it would open Toowoomba up to the rest of world. “There is the opportunity for a number of different industries,” he said.

“By building the airport it will bring people to the region, and it will also boost tourism, renew industries and create industries that we have not even thought of yet.”

Mr Wagner said he was fed up with all the unfounded innuendoes and rumours circulating from south of the border in relation to the airport.

“We have followed every procedure and process in relation to this project to the full letter of the law,” he said. “For anyone to say otherwise is just rubbish”.

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