Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Regular international flights in and out of Townsville

Media Release

WT032/2015

07 February 2015

Joint release with:

The Hon. Tony Abbott MP

Prime Minister

The Hon. Julie Bishop MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon. Peter Dutton MP

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

In a boost to northern Australia, from 1 March 2015, Townsville airport will be able to support regular international flights.

Increased visitor numbers will boost the tourism industry in northern Australia, encouraging businesses to invest and helping to unlock the region's full potential.

Queensland Airports Ltd has already commenced talks to secure the first international air services into Townsville.

I hope that these plans can now be finalised and flights can commence in the near future.

This announcement follows in-principle agreement of the National Passenger Processing Committee to facilitate international services at Townsville airport.

Opening Townsville airport to international flights helps to deliver on the government's commitment to developing the north.

The White Paper on Developing Northern Australia will set out a clear plan for realising the full economic potential of the north.

We congratulate Ewen Jones MP, Federal Member for Herbert, for his strong advocacy for this important project.