Destination: Sunshine Coast Airport open to international flights

Media Release

DC161/2016

28 October 2016

Joint release with:

Ted O'Brien MP

Federal Member for Fairfax

  • Sunshine Coast Airport formally designated as an International Airport.
  • This will give improved access to border agency to meet Air New Zealand's flights from Auckland.

The Turnbull government today announced the Sunshine Coast Airport has been formally designated as an international airport.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester visited the airport today with Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien and said this was a great step in attracting international flights to the Sunshine Coast.

“Sunshine Coast Airport serves as an important gateway to the region. This designation will provide opportunities to promote the area as a leisure and business destination to new foreign markets,” Mr Chester said.

“The potential to attract additional international services will complement Sunshine Coast's impressive domestic traffic growth. Passenger movements at the airport are almost 20 percent higher than they were three years ago.

“This is one of a range of measures the Government has recently undertaken to make it easier for foreign visitors to directly access regions outside of Australia's major cities. Currently 45 cents out of every tourism dollar is spent in Australia's regions.

“I congratulate Sunshine Coast Airport and the border agencies for their ongoing work to get this process completed.”

Mr O'Brien said he was pleased to see the Australian Government make this decision, with the investment in the airport's processing capabilities set to increase the international reputation of the region.

“The Sunshine Coast has a lot to offer with world-class beaches, a dynamic regional economy with fast growing health, education and food industries and a friendly community,” Mr O'Brien said.

“The improved access to border agency resources is not only important for Air New Zealand's services between Auckland and the Sunshine Coast but will help the airport attract new tourists and provide a new channel to export local produce.

The Australian Government has previously made funding available to cover the cost of providing border agency staffing to support current Air New Zealand flights.