Despite the COVID19 pandemic and the challenges and disruptions to workplaces and life in general, the upgrading of the Sunshine Coast Airport, just down the road from here, is continuing to go ahead and great progress is being made.
On June 18, some exceptionally good news was delivered for those who have family and friends in far north Queensland, with the announcement that Alliance Airlines will provide three return services to Cairns per week from July 17. This route will provide a key connection between two of Queensland’s high value tourist destinations, in line with the Queensland Governments push to promote tourism within the state.
Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Andrew Brodie said the Cairns destination has been highly requested to by locals, providing direct access to world renowned natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.
Mr Brodie said the service is expected to transport up to 40,000 passengers each year, and that it is also great news for our local tourist operators, expected to deliver a much needed $2.8 million injection of tourism spend in the Sunshine Coast region.
Visit Sunshine Coast Chair David Ryan said the flights were a welcome addition and would provide an opportunity for more Queenslanders to visit the broader Sunshine Coast.
“We expect there will be considerable interest from the north Queensland market, as the Sunshine Coast offers a distinctly different holiday experience, and it will also help facilitate business travel and conferences in future,” he said.