Sunshine Coast Airport hits all-time passenger high

MAYOR Mark Jamieson said the new record again highlighted that Sunshine Coast Airport was witnessing a period of strong sustained growth that would be enhanced by the airport expansion project that could be underway by the end of 2016.

"For May alone, we saw a 14% jump on the same month in 2015 with 68,908 passengers using our airport's services and taking advantage of the extra options that are now available to them."

"All of our carriers have been investing in the Sunshine Coast and to achieve 13% growth in passenger numbers in the last 12 months is amazing," Mr Pallot said.

"We are looking forward to welcoming more passengers with the resumption of Air New Zealand's Trans-Tasman services on July 1 and the start of Jetstar's direct flights from Adelaide on September 30."

"The results speak volumes about the marketing boost provided by our collective teams at Visit Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Airport," Mr Latchford said.

The positive statistics have been further highlighted by the airport's ongoing leadership of the Commonwealth Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) growth chart for major Australian airports.

BITRE data for March shows the airport experienced a 17.5% increase in total passengers for the month compared to the same period 12 months ago, sitting above Cairns (13.3%) and Gold Coast (9.3%) in second and third place respectively.

"We are seeing month after month of strong figures, and a sequence of records, showing the increased desire by locals and visitors to use our airport.

"Our planned expansion is also being warmly welcomed by the greater Sunshine Coast region, the Wide Bay and North and South Burnett communities who see great value in what we are looking to achieve here, especially with trade markets that will be opened up with much improved access around the country and overseas."


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