New airline for Hamo

HAMILTON Island has announced a new aviation service provider.

Whitsunday Aviation Services, trading as Hamilton Island Air, took over the island's general aviation services following an extensive national tender process.

The search for a new provider was undertaken from late March 2010 after the business licence held by Aviation Tourism Australia expired.

Thirteen submissions were received and three companies made it to the final shortlist.

Hamilton Island Air started its operations on June 12 this year.

Its chief executive is local resident Brad Graves, who has more than 20 years senior aviation experience in the Whitsundays and Sydney.

Hamilton Island Air provides a complete range of aviation touring options, using helicopters and seaplanes, as well as standard aeroplanes.

The staff of Hamilton Island Air are a team of highly skilled individuals dedicated to providing a range of products that offer an exciting and unique way of experiencing the beauty of Hamilton Island, Whitehaven Beach, the Great Barrier Reef and other parts of the Whitsundays region.

Hamilton Island chief executive Glenn Bourke said aviation tours are an important part of the product offering on Hamilton Island.

“Aviation touring enables guests to maximise their leisure time by minimising travel time to iconic destinations like Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef,” Mr Bourke said.

“It also gives our guests a fantastic opportunity to get a bird's eye view of this wonderful region.”

Hamilton Island has offered aviation touring as an activity for its guests for more than 20 years.

The most recent licence was held by Aviation Tourism Australia, which continues to have substantial operations in the Whitsunday region.

“We were not successful in our tender on this occasion but look forward to maintaining a long-term business relationship with Hamilton Island Enterprises,” Aviation Tourism Australia owner Grant Kenny said.

Mr Bourke said the tender process was very competitive.

“We look forward to welcoming Whitsunday Aviation Services to the island and thank Aviation Tourism Australia for their commitment over the past 10 years,” Mr Bourke said.

“We wish the directors well for their future ventures.”

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