Sunshine Coast calls for industry support on airport upgrade

first_imgThe Sunshine Coast’s tourism economy has the potential to grow strongly if the proposed development of a new Sunshine Coast Airport runway is given the green light, says the region’s tourism body, Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SCDL).Sunshine Coast Regional Council is proposing to build a new 2450 metres long runway to ensure the Sunshine Coast can continue to service existing markets as well as developing new tourism opportunities.SCDL chief executive officer, Simon Ambrose, today asked for industry and public support for the proposed upgrades.“Tourism will be a key future driver of the region’s economic and employment growth, expansion of the airport’s capacity and facilities will have the potential to grow tourism significantly and, along with that, create more than 2200 jobs for the region,” Mr Ambrose said.Projected figures suggest that with the upgrades in infrastructure, the airport and Sunshine Coast can grow direct inbound arrivals from the current figure of 900,000 annually to two million annually by 2030.“Direct access is a vital competitive for our tourism sector, particularly for high-yielding conference groups and our events sector, however, airlines will increasingly be attracted by the prospect of being able to fly in larger, more cost-effective aircraft,” Mr Ambrose said.Sunshine Coast Destination assures that environmental aspects of the development had been fully reviewed in a bilateral assessment conducted on behalf of the State and Federal governments, and that review had determined that the council’s environmental impact statement had been adequately addressed.The public now have the opportunity to comment on the environmental impact statement, with submissions able to be made up till Thursday 13 November.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img

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