27,304 People Turn Out For Airport Community Open Day
29 September 2014
More than 27,304 Queenslanders flocked to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (BWWA) today (28/9) to see 2014 IndyCar champ Will Power race a Cessna Mustang Citation jet down the newly-completed
2.87 kilometre runway.
The local Toowoomba boy specially flew back to Australia to celebrate the airport’s community open day today (28/9).
Beaten once by the jet this morning, Will put the pedal to the metal in his second race to beat the jet at the post.
“I’ve never raced a jet before so it was very exciting,” says Will, Australia’s first ever IndyCar champion.
The free event was the last chance for the community to preview Australia's newest airport before it goes operational later this year, with QantasLink services starting on 17 November.
Wagners’ director and event organiser John Wagner said the response from the community was amazing, with the new terminal a particular highlight.
“We’re really thankful to everyone who made the effort to visit us today and particularly to the 300 volunteers who helped make the event such a great success,” Mr Wagner said
“It was fantastic to see the airport so busy with almost 20 different aircraft on the ground, a sure sign of things to come.”
Other highlights included aerial shows, helicopter joy flights, terminal and runway tours, performances by local bands and country singer Amber Lawrence and appearances by celebtrity MCs Natalie Gruzlewski and Tim Horan.
More than 18,000 people attended the airport’s ‘under construction’ open day held in November last year.
Located near Toowoomba Queensland, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is the first greenfield public airport built in Australia in 50 years and the nation’s first privately funded public airport.
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Karen McKinley 0416 121 777