We could get more charter flights to Fraser Coast airport
FRASER Coast Regional Council is looking to attract more aircraft operators to the Fraser Coast, inspired by a recent extension at Hervey Bay Airport.
Innovation and Aviation Portfolio Councillor Paul Truscott said the aircraft operators which council is hoping to add, are ones which don't require to have passenger and checked baggage screening undertaken prior to departure.
"Council is now investigating using the new lounge for other opportunities such as tourism, commercial charter service and freight as well as servicing the resource industry," he said.
The charter services can include fly in fly out operations, tourist destinations and corporate visits.
A dedicated check-in, a lounge and an office area have been added to the existing terminal building at Gate 2.
The new space, which was opened on Tuesday, covers a floor area of 180m2 and cost $700,000.
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State Government funding for the project was approved in May last year.
"The identified need, at the time, was for FIFO resource sector works," Cr Truscott said.
"However, the possibilities have now been broadened to include other uses.
The lounge will ensure that those using the charter flights aren't held up with the passengers using the larger commercial flights.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham was at the opening, and said the government was working to diversify regional economies to protect communities against commodity price cycles and extreme weather.
He nominated biofutures and advanced manufacturing as the growth sectors for the Fraser Coast.
"With your agricultural strengths, and your manufacturing heritage, these two growth sectors are where the jobs and business opportunities of the future lie," he said.
"Our government is focussed on nurturing new and emerging industries with global market potential, and where Queensland holds natural advantages."