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Whitsunday Coast Airport is set to achieve its best year on record in the 2014-15 financial yearwith passenger numbers forecast to be between 270,000 and 280,000.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said for the 2014-15 financial year the airport is forecast to experience 10% growth, which will result in a total direct tourism industry contribution by inbound passengers of approximately $200 million.
“These passenger number forecasts for 2014-15 exceed passenger numbers from before theGlobal Financial Crisis, showing increased confidence and growth in the local economy andtourism industry,” she said.
“These forecasts follow a very successful 2013-14 year for the Whitsunday Coast Airport, wherethe airport experienced an increase in carriers, flights and passengers; interest in local andinternational investment expanded and the process for a designation of a Priority DevelopmentArea (PDA) over the airport commenced.
“The Whitsunday Coast Airport experienced continual growth in what continues to be a challenging aviation market across Australia.
“The airport achieved a 4% increase in passenger numbers for the 2013-14 financial year and over the past 3 years has achieved 20% growth in passenger numbers.
“The airport’s direct contribution to the tourism industry via inbound passenger spend for the 2013- 14 year is just under $180 million, this has grown from $150 million in the 2010-11 financial year.
“Actual passenger numbers totalled 243 795 for 2013-14, with total available seats being 320 099, creating an average flight load factor for the airport at 76%.
“It is anticipated that this will be improved markedly through the next year given a regionalreduction in capacity on the Brisbane route and settling of the Sydney route into the market.
“Whitsunday Coast Airport staff, airline partners and ground crew are to be congratulated for their ongoing success in building the airports capacity.
“The Whitsunday Regional Council as operator of the Whitsunday Coast Airport continues to work with airlines and investors to expand existing flight routes, add new routes and develop the airport itself, with the aim of upgrading the airport to international status as the Whitsunday Coast International Export Hub,” she said.
Analysis of passenger numbers over the past 10 years
2004-05 2265932005-06 2213122006-07 2551072007-08 2639282008-09 2293472009-10 2120282010-11 2035092011-12 2157752012-13 2347992013-14 2437952014-15 270,000-280,000 (forecast)
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