Airport passenger numbers sky high
It’s live and let fly month at the Whitsunday Coast Airport (WCA) after they landed the treble with record daily, weekly, and monthly passenger numbers for April.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Julie Hall said she was elated with the record growth and success of the Council owned and operated airport.
“The record-breaking numbers of passengers not only reflect the increasing popularity of our Whitsunday region but also signify the huge potential and opportunities that lie ahead,” she said.
“Importantly the airport is delivering more visitors to all parts of the region as they explore the Whitsundays.
“These record numbers do not happen without all our stakeholders going above and beyond to support our regional airport.
“The unprecedented growth in passenger numbers speaks volumes about the collaborative efforts of our residents, businesses, and tourism industry in showcasing the unique experiences and warm hospitality that our region has to offer.
“Working together, we have firmly positioned ourselves as one of Australia’s premium tourism destinations.”
Whitsunday Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Aviation and Tourism Craig Turner said over 49,000 passengers travelled through the terminal in April smashing the previous highest monthly total of 47,000 from April 2022.
“It’s plane (sic) and simple that it is love at first flight when travellers land in the wonderful Whitsundays,” he joked.
“It’s exciting that the airport has never been busier in its 70-year and has become more than just a gateway to the Whitsundays.
“It is now a vibrant hub that connects our community to a record number of destinations and is a key economic driver for our region.
“It opens doors to new markets, fosters economic development, and positions us as a premier tourism and business destination,” Mr Turner said.
“Stay tuned for some more positive news in the next few months as we have been actively exploring new destinations and are close to making several exciting announcements.”
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