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Posted on: 11 November, 2014

Whitsunday Coast Airport achieves best month on record

Whitsunday Coast Airport is on track for its best year on record, with the month of October being
the best month on record with in excess of 26 000 passengers passing through the airport.

Whitsunday Regional Council's Mayor Jennifer Whitney said this is testament to the hard work of our staff, the airlines and our airport service provider partners.

"The number one regional economic development project that Council has tasked our Chief
Executive Officer and his team to achieve is the growth and development of the airport facility and we see the first steps of this being delivered through record passenger numbers," she said.

"Not only is this great for our region's airport, it is brilliant news for our region's tourism industry and affirms Council's commitment to Building a Better Whitsunday.

“The record month is a 19% increase in passenger numbers on the previous year and eclipses the previous monthly record set in October 2007 of 25 430 passengers,” she said.

Whitsunday Regional Council's Chief Executive Officer Scott Waters said that the result caps off
an excellent year for the airport with the following achievements:

• Introduction of Tiger Air direct Sydney services in April
• In May, the Airport achieved the best on time arrival and departure performance in Australia
• The Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub Project progressed in-conjunction
with the State Government to master plan the entire airport site and provide
Priority Development Area status to across the site
• First quarter results for the 2014/15 year achieved record results
• Winning the Local Government Tourism and Business Award at this year's Whitsunday
Tourism and Business Awards
• Maintaining capacity with all of our airline partners
• Achieving the best monthly passenger number result on record in October 2014

Mr Waters said these results are the culmination of the 3 years of hard work by Council for the
region and places the facility in the best possible position to deliver the next phases of its growth
and development for the benefit of the entire region.

“The Whitsunday Regional Council as operator of the Whitsunday Coast Airport will continue to
work with airlines and investors to expand existing flight routes, add new routes and develop the
airport itself, with the aim of upgrading the airport to international status as the Whitsunday Coast International Export Hub,” he said.

“Council believes the Whitsunday Coast Airport is the single most important piece of infrastructure in the Whitsunday region to drive economic and tourism growth in the future.”

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