Regular freight services to begin out of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport

Media Release

DC139/2016

11 October 2016

Cathay Pacific has announced it will commence regular international freight services through Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, reducing transit times and costs for trade focussed businesses in Toowoomba and the surrounding region.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester welcomed the announcement, citing the importance of effective freight transportation to the rapidly growing economic Asian region.

“Local businesses and agricultural producers from Toowoomba, the Darling Downs and Moree Plains regions will have better access than ever before to supply the restaurants and markets of Asia,” Mr Chester said.

“I congratulate the team at Wellcamp Airport on attracting this international service, which is a first for the region.

“The Australian Government will continue to work with Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport on the provision of the necessary border agency resources to support regular freight services.

“The Coalition announcement about the inclusion of Wellcamp Airport in the ‘regional package’ during the recent election campaign has already resulted in greater interest by international airlines. The regional package provides for no restrictions on capacity entitlements which will help Wellcamp grow in the future.

“More broadly, the Coalition Government's efforts over recent years to liberalise international air services to our states and territories has attracted more overseas airlines. This in turn is delivering clear benefits to local export businesses, our tourism industry, and the broader economy.

“Our more flexible policy for air services negotiations with our bilateral partners has helped to drive traffic levels to record heights.

“In the past year, Australian international passenger traffic increased by 7.5 percent and almost one million tonnes of international air freight was carried over the same period.

“Unlocking additional aviation capacity provides our regional airports, including Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, the opportunity to connect with international airline networks and more effectively serve their local markets.”

Minister Chester with local member John McVeigh MP and John Wagner at Brisbane West Wellcamp airport in June