UP AND AWAY: Whitsunday Coast Airport business development manager Scott Waters is working towards an official airport opening that will include as many members of the community as possible. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times
UP AND AWAY: Whitsunday Coast Airport business development manager Scott Waters is working towards an official airport opening that will include as many members of the community as possible. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times

Sky's the limit

THE sky's the limit for Whitsunday Coast Airport business development manager Scott Waters, who after 12 weeks in the job, is about to celebrate a milestone...

"We're now looking at practical completion of the airport," Mr Waters said.

"The community fought for this airport. They wanted it and they got it built."

Whilst the terminal redevelopment and car park construction is almost finished, Mr Waters' tasks are far from over. The introduction of intra-state and other domestic flights are next on the agenda to achieve.

"The mandate I've been given is to bring this airport up to the highest possible level [and] that's what I've been working on. We're continually liaising with all major airlines and looking at possible new routes around the growth in passenger numbers," he said.

"Everything's going in the right direction."

Mr Waters said the latest figures revealed just under 19,600 passengers passed through Whitsunday Coast Airport in October - the best monthly result in more than three years, bringing the airport back to pre GFC passenger levels.

"This is a fantastic result for the airport and the region as a whole. Whitsunday Coast Airport is the community's airport with growth and stability in passenger numbers benefiting the entire community…demonstrating in real terms that the market has grown and the business case for more services is strong," he said. "A lot of work is being done to ensure that the distribution through Whitsunday Coast Airport also includes Airlie Beach, quite simply the most appropriate airport for Airlie Beach is Whitsunday Coast." Mr Waters' key task now, will be working towards the official opening of the airport and including the community in that event.

"There have been so many people who have worked extremely hard to have a redeveloped airport come to fruition and it's now time to see their vision grow," he said.

"We're now looking at practical completion of the airport," Mr Waters said.

"The community fought for this airport. They wanted it and they got it built."

Whilst the terminal redevelopment and car park construction is almost finished, Mr Waters' tasks are far from over. The introduction of intra-state and other domestic flights are next on the agenda to achieve.

"The mandate I've been given is to bring this airport up to the highest possible level [and] that's what I've been working on. We're continually liaising with all major airlines and looking at possible new routes around the growth in passenger numbers," he said.

"Everything's going in the right direction."

Mr Waters said the latest figures revealed just under 19,600 passengers passed through Whitsunday Coast Airport in October - the best monthly result in more than three years, bringing the airport back to pre GFC passenger levels.

"This is a fantastic result for the airport and the region as a whole. Whitsunday Coast Airport is the community's airport with growth and stability in passenger numbers benefiting the entire community…demonstrating in real terms that the market has grown and the business case for more services is strong," he said. "A lot of work is being done to ensure that the distribution through Whitsunday Coast Airport also includes Airlie Beach, quite simply the most appropriate airport for Airlie Beach is Whitsunday Coast." Mr Waters' key task now, will be working towards the official opening of the airport and including the community in that event.

"There have been so many people who have worked extremely hard to have a redeveloped airport come to fruition and it's now time to see their vision grow," he said.


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