CLEAR SKIES AHEAD FOR WELLCAMP AIRPORT
27 November 2013
TOOWOOMBA’S WELLCAMP AIRPORT general manager Phil Gregory, today (27/11) welcomed the support of the Department of Defence in finalising the airspace surrounding the airport and the Oakey Army Aviation Centre.
Mr Gregory said the airport had been in close discussions with Defence and Airservices Australia for several months as part of a special working group led by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
“We are delighted that a practical outcome has been reached that satisfies all parties involved,” Mr Gregory said.
A Defence spokesman said, "The changes modify the existing military airspace to allow for continued complex army aviation training at Oakey and air force operations at Amberley without precluding civilian operations in and out of the proposed Wellcamp airport.”
The Airspace Change Proposal was a reduction in restricted military airspace surrounding Oakey and a minor change at Amberley, he said.
"Under the same proposal, the standing permission for civil aircraft to flight-plan through Oakey's airspace will be limited to ensure military training can continue within the revised airspace without further disruption from civil aircraft.
"The proposed restricted military airspace will be somewhat smaller but, with fewer civil aircraft transiting it, will result in a negligible net impact on military flying."
Located 15 minutes from Toowoomba’s CBD, Wellcamp Airport is Australia’s first greenfield public airport since Tullamarine, in Melbourne which was built almost 50 years ago, and the first privately-funded public airport ever built in Australia.
Wellcamp Airport is primarily a passenger airport featuring a 2.87km large jet capable runaway and is expected to be operational in September/October next year. Destinations are expected to include Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Adelaide, Mackay, Roma and Emerald.
The airport is on track to open late 2014.
For further details contact:
Karen McKinley 0416 121 777
Wellcamp Airport Communications Consultants