WELLCAMP CELEBRATES ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY
17 November 2015
BRISBANE West Wellcamp Airport today (November 17) celebrates the first anniversary of its first regular passenger service.The country’s longest-serving airline, Qantas, was the first airline to service Australia’s newest port.
Since it began operations late last year, the airport has had more than 4500 aircraft movements, half of these were Regular Passenger Transport.With well over 2,000 RPT flights, the airport had a similar number of charter, FIFO, and private aircraft arrivals and departures in its first year and continues to grow each month.
Airport developer and Wagners Global chairman John Wagner said both QantasLink and Regional Expresss (REX), which started services at Wellcamp in January, had experienced strong growth in the first year.
“After starting with double daily weekday services, QantasLink added four additional services in June.
“We are confident that it won’t be long before customers can enjoy not only direct flights to Sydney but also Melbourne,” said Mr Wagner.
The airport’s first international Cathay Pacific 747-8f flight less that a week later (Nov 23) will be another huge milestone for the company, which is also celebrating 25-years of operation. Wagners’ chairman John Wagner along with father Henry and his three brothers and equal company shareholders Denis, Neill and Joe, are all extremely proud of this multi-million-dollar infrastructure project, which took just 19 months to build.
“The airport has performed well in its first year and we want to thank the local community for their support and the dedicated airport management team,” he said. QantasLink chief executive officer John Gissing said the airline was pleased with the performance of the route.
“As the first airline to operate from Wellcamp, we’re pleased to see how well the first year of Sydney services have been performing,” Mr Gissing said.
“The local community has really welcomed QantasLink to the region and the popularity of this route has seen our flights increase to 13 return services per week.
“We congratulate the team at Wellcamp on this significant milestone and on the exceptional airport facilities that our customers have told us they really enjoy,” Mr Gissing said.
QantasLink operates 26 flights per week between Sydney and Brisbane West Wellcamp with double daily services from Sunday to Monday, which was increased from 11 return services per week when the airline first began operating there. QantasLink last year named a Q400 aircraft ‘Darling Downs’ in honour of the region.
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is capable of accommodating large passenger aircraft (747) and is one of Australia’s longest regional runways and the second longest regional runway in Queensland.
It is Australia’s first privately-funded public airport and the first public airport to be built in 50 years. The 300ha airport, features a 2.87km runway, state-of-the-art 8,000m2 terminal facility and is the anchor tenant of the 800ha Wellcamp Business Park.
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport Key Facts at a glance:
- Australia’s first greenfield privately-build public airport
- Airport took less than two years to build
- Wellcamp has the second longest regional runaway in Queensland (Code E 2.87km)
- World’s greenest airport – built partially with Wagners award-winning Earth Friendly Concrete (6,600 tonnes less carbon than using Portland Cement)
- November 23 will be the first time an international flight departs from Wellcamp Airport and the first time Cathay Pacific Airways has operated a cargo service into an Australian regional centre
For further information contact:
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport
Media and Corporate Communications
Karen McKinley m: 0416 121777