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NATIONAL RETAILERS EXPECTED AT AUSTRALIA'S NEWEST AIRPORT IN TOOWOOMBA

25 February 2014

The developer of the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba, Queensland, is calling for expressions of interest for retail and hospitality leasees at the airport, which is due to open towards the end of the year.

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport general manager Mr Phil Gregory said the terminal precinct had already attracted interest from national food chains and some of Australia’s most prominent car rental companies.

“We have received substantial inquires from some major food outlets regarding the airport terminal and expect to have more formal commitments in the coming months” explained Mr Gregory.

The terminal would have 800m2 of retail space available in stage one, he said.

Although it was too early to make any formal announcements, Mr Gregory was confident major airlines would also soon be on board.

‘Significant negotiations have been underway for sometime and we expect to confirm routes in the next few months,” said Mr Gregory.

The runway is only a few months away from completion.

“It’s a very exciting time and Toowoomba and Surat Basin is one of Australia’s hottest investment areas right now with more than $6 billion currently being invested in the region,” said Mr Gregory.

Along with the $100-million-plus airport other key projects include the $350 million redevelopment of the Grand Central Gardens Town Shopping Centre, the $1.66 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the $235 million Interlink SQ.

“We expect the airport to inject about $318 million into the local economy in the first three years of operation, along with the creation of more than 2000 jobs,” said Mr Gregory.

Once opened the airport would feature a 2.87km runway with passenger jet capabilities, a world-class airport terminal and business park with the first flights expected in October this year, he said.

The terminal - designed by award-winning Canberra-based Guida Moseley Brown (GMB) Architects and being built by FKG Gardner and Sons Group - is expected to be finished by the end of August.

Mr Gregory said the terminal was being built in two stages with the first 8,000m2 comprising core infrastructure such as car parking, bus, taxi and hire car areas, ticketing desks, baggage retrieval, departure lounges, cafes, bar and retail areas and planning spaces for office tenancies and airlines clubs.

The terminal’s second phase would allow the current facilities to expand into an additional 4,500m2 area as passenger numbers increased, he said.

For further details contact:
Karen McKinley
Media and Communications Consultants 
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport
Tel: 0416 121 777

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