No extra flights yet

COUNCIL and Tourism Whitsundays are continuing to push for extra flights into the Whitsunday Coast Airport at Proserpine.

However, at this stage no extra flights have been confirmed.

Mayor Mike Brunker met with representatives of Tourism Queensland's aviation department on Tuesday to discuss the future plans for the airport.

He said he had also held talks with Tiger Airways in December.

Cr Brunker said Council had set clear goals in their aviation plan.

“Our goal is to get another Sydney to Whitsunday flight, another flight to Brisbane and another carrier,” he said.

But Cr Brunker said despite putting proposals to Jetstar, Virgin Blue and Tiger Airways, they were restricted in moving forward too rapidly until construction at the airport had been completed.

Tourism Whitsundays Chief Executive Peter O'Reilly confirmed he had also had talks with Tiger Airways in the past but not since December.

“We're keen to grow capacity into the region without doubt,” he said.

“At this stage it's impossible to bring in another airline while the airport is undergoing refurbishment.”


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