Tiger Airways recently announced they will increase the number of services they bring into the Whitsundays. Tiger currently provides four weekly return flights from Sydney and this will increase to six flights in early 2017. From 23 March 2017, Tiger will also add four weekly return flights from Brisbane. The additional flights from a low-cost carrier will make visiting the Whitsundays more affordable. Tiger has also announced direct Melbourne flights will be coming early in 2017. This means an additional 110,000 seats for the Whitsundays, which is a 25% increase in capacity. The new services will ring an additional $80 million to the region.
Airport declared fastest growing in regional Australia
Whitsunday Coast Airport was recently declared Australia’s fastest growing regional airport. Monthly passenger movements increased by 25.9 per cent since 2014. The Whitsunday Coast Airport is also set to become the state’s sixth international airport with direct overseas charter services operating to and from the Whitsundays in 2017.
Development planned for runway extension
The airport is currently reviewing a $59m feasibility and master plan proposal for upgrades to the airport at Proserpine. The works include expanding the terminal and extending the runway to 2,400m, which will allow for international arrivals. The upgrade will create 446 full time equivalent jobs, generating more than $37m in wages and salaries adding more than $72m to the gross regional product. An upgraded airport will boost tourism expenditure by over $300m per year. It would also create 2054 full time equivalent jobs and inject $108m in wages and salaries into the community.
A development of this scale will have positive ripples throughout the entire region as improved facilities mean more flights and more competition among the airlines. This will be a win for our residents who commute south and will also catapult the Whitsundays into the top tier of tourism destinations on the globe.