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GATES OPEN AS RUNWAY TAKES FLIGHT

11 November 2013

A handful of Australia’s leading airlines have thrown their support behind Wellcamp Airport’s Open Day on November 24.

Qantas, Virgin Australia, Skytrans and Alliance will have a strong presence at the open day which is expected to attract up to 10,000 visitors.

Wellcamp Airport spokesman Denis Wagner, says although the airlines are yet to formally commit to providing services to and from the airport, negotiations are well underway.

“We are very excited to have their support at the open day and hope it won’t be too long before we have formal agreement in place,” says Mr Wagner.

He says the Wellcamp Open Day is designed to give locals the chance to have a first-hand preview of their new airport and its progress when it opens to the public for the first time.

“The airport is an asset for the community that we anticipate will have a multi-million-dollar economic benefit for the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region,” says Mr Wagner.

Wagners is building Wellcamp Airport - 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.

The open day will feature family entertainment with country singers Tania Kernaghan and Amber Lawrence, face painting, jumping castles, machinery displays, food and drink stalls, site bus tours and joy flights. Ample parking will be provided on the day and visitors asked to make a gold coin donation to support Angel Flight on arrival.

Mr Wagner says open day visitors will have the chance to see the airport construction underway, including the rock crushing and gravel base of the runway.

He says all materials used in the runway construction have been sourced on site, taking thousands of truck movements off the public roads.

More than 10 million tonnes of rock is being used in the construction of the airport precinct, explains Mr Wagner.

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.

As well as being a passenger airport, Wellcamp will open up both domestic and export opportunities for local producers, says Mr Wagner.

Built on an 800ha site in Wellcamp, the airport precinct will also include a premier business park, which is expected to attract leading Australian and international companies that specialise in the areas of aviation, transport logistics, warehousing and logistics, manufacturing as well as factory outlets.

“The current Toowoomba Airport will remain operational but due to the restricted length of its runway it does not have the capacity to service larger passenger aircraft. The Oakey Army Base will also remain fully operational alongside both Wellcamp and Toowoomba Airport,” says Mr Wagner.

The Wellcamp Airport Open Day will be held on November 24 between 9.30am and 4pm.

For further details contact:
Karen McKinley
The Punch Group
Tel: 0416 121 777

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