The Whitsunday Coast Airport has been unaffected by flight cancellations so far. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE
The Whitsunday Coast Airport has been unaffected by flight cancellations so far. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE

How cancellations will affect Whitsunday Coast flights

WHILE coronavirus may be sending crippling shockwaves through the aviation industry, Whitsunday Coast Airport is "tracking really well" with little impact from cancellations and staff cuts across the country.

Qantas and Jetstar today announced they have axed all international flights and are standing down two thirds of its workforce.

These cuts will have a big impact on both the Hamilton Island and Mackay airports with Jetstar cutting all flights and Qantas heavily reducing its services.

However, Whitsunday Coast Airport marketing manager Craig Turner said flights in and out of Proserpine had not been affected.

"We have had no scheduled changes from any aircraft or airline as a result of the events of coronavirus," he said.

"With recent changes from Qantas, Whitsunday Coast Airport has had no effect for neither Jetstar nor Virgin flights."

Mr Turner also said "load factors", or the number of passengers on flights, were also strong.

He hoped that flights would continue to operate in and out of Whitsunday Coast Airport, which would in turn help the region as it navigates the effects of the pandemic.

"It's not to say there aren't going to be challenges, but what we're trying to do as an airport is make sure we remain strong to allow visitation to the area," he said.

"We're looking at ways we can continue to work with airlines to keep schedules as they are.

"This will eventually pass, and we want to make sure we're in a strong position so we can assist in bringing more people into the region.

"We are a critical part of the situation and we are absolutely remaining strong and committed to keeping flights coming in, and for want of a better word, keeping business as usual in regards to flights and access.

"Reality is, if we can remain strong through this event we're going to be able to assist with recovery by having flights in place so you can come to Whitsundays cheaper, faster and direct."


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