New runway at Sunshine Coast Airport ready for flights

Published:

The Sunshine Coast’s newest runway has today been officially handed over to airport operators.

State Development Minister Kate Jones today joined council officials to inspect the new runway before the first plane touches down on Sunday.

Ms Jones said the longer runway would allow new direct flights and larger passenger jets to land – enabling more tourists into the region and more cargo to be traded interstate and overseas.

“The Sunshine Coast is a tourism icon but it’s also vital trade hub for hundreds of primary producers in southeast Queensland,” Ms Jones said.

“This runway will be crucial to the economic recovery of the region. It will generate millions of dollars for local businesses through the tourism industry.

At 2450 metres long, the new runway (Runway 13/31) is over half a kilometre longer than the one it replaces.

Ms Jones congratulated the Sunshine Coast Airport and Council on the successful $334 million runway project.

“With a longer runway that’s able to accept bigger planes, we’ll be able to negotiate with airlines to secure direct fights from other destinations – not just Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland,” Ms Jones said.

“In the long-term, we want to bring more tourists to the Sunshine Coast to create more jobs for locals in this sector. New flights are crucial to achieving that.”

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said the new runway was the biggest piece of infrastructure Council had delivered and it would have resounding benefits for the region for decades to come.

“A hallmark of successful cities, communities and regions is connectivity and the Sunshine Coast Airport can now accommodate flights to all ports in Australia as well as Asia and the Western Pacific.

“Importantly, the new international-standard runway will provide the Sunshine Coast and surrounding regions with its own direct travel and export gateway to the world,” he said.

The airport expansion project was a partnership between Sunshine Coast Council and Palisade Investment Partners, which owns the Sunshine Coast Airport. It was assisted by a loan from Queensland Treasury.

The first landing honours go to a flight from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast on Sunday, 14 June.

Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation
The Honourable Kate Jones

 
Business Infrastructure & Construction Political Queensland Government Sunshine Coast Council Tourism Tourist Destinations Travel & Transport
Social:   

Kate Jones : Queensland Government, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games :
PO Box 15033, City East QLD 4002, Queensland Wide
07 3719 7530
13 74 68
Kate Jones : Queensland Government, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
Showing 9 recent articles for this business
Adelaide to Sunny Coast flights resumes following Qld Govt support 01 September 2020 | Tourism Minister Kate Jones today announced Jetstar’s Adelaide to Sunshine Coast service would resume today thanks to support from the Palaszczuk Government. More information...
Govt fast-tracks $66 mil in capital works to rebuild Qld's economy 26 August 2020 | Sunshine Coast Industrial Park – initial bulk earthworks for stage two, which has Sunshine Coast Regional Council approvals, will begin in coming weeks. A development application for stage two of the industrial... More information...
Hyne gets the wood on timber imports with new facility 06 August 2020 | State Development Minister Kate Jones has today officially opened a new $23 million timber processing factory in Maryborough. More information...
Applications open on $200 million Building Acceleration Fund 31 July 2020 | Applications are now open for the $200 million Building Acceleration Fund initiative to deliver multi-million-dollar infrastructure projects and create jobs throughout Queensland. More information...
Human trials begin on world-leading COVID-19 vaccine in Qld 13 July 2020 | Innovation Minister Kate Jones has today announced human trials will begin today on the University of Queensland’s promising COVID-19 vaccine. More information...
New runway at Sunshine Coast Airport ready for flights 12 June 2020 | The Sunshine Coast’s newest runway has today been officially handed over to airport operators. More information...
Global manufacturing deal signed for Qld coronavirus vaccine 05 June 2020 | Innovation Minister Kate Jones has today put out the call for volunteers to take part in human trials on a Queensland-developed COVID-19 vaccine next month. More information...
Queensland Government ramps up support for visiting students 22 April 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government has doubled efforts to support international students stranded in Queensland as a result of COVID-19. More information...
Prime Minister urged to save students “stranded” in Queensland 03 April 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government has today called on the Federal Government to urgently roll out support for more than 100,000 international students stuck in Queensland during the coronavirus pandemic. More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service