Sunshine Coast Airport declared ‘international’

  • Mike Sullivan
  • Aviation

SUNSHINE Coast now has an official international airport.

Sunshine Coast Airport has been upgraded with improved access to border agencies to meet Air New Zealand’s flights from Auckland.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said, “Sunshine Coast Airport serves as an important gateway to the region. This designation will provide opportunities to promote the area as a leisure and business destination to new foreign markets. 

“The potential to attract additional international services will complement Sunshine Coast's impressive domestic traffic growth. Passenger movements at the airport are almost 20 percent higher than they were three years ago,” he said.

“This is one of a range of measures the government has recently undertaken to make it easier for foreign visitors to directly access regions outside of Australia’s major cities. Currently 45 cents out of every tourism dollar is spent in Australia’s regions.”



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