FLYING HIGH: Inbound international passengers are on the increase.
FLYING HIGH: Inbound international passengers are on the increase.

Airport's foreign capacity on rise

GOLD Coast Airport hit a record high for international inbound flight and seat capacity last year, according to a new Queensland investment report.

The Midwood May quarter report shows the Coolangatta airport's international air capacity has almost doubled in the past two years.

In 2009, the airport had 44 weekly international flights, up from 23 in 2008.

It is a huge increase from when the airport first began accepting international flights in 2001, when it had only five overseas flights a week.

The airport now allows for 10,840 international inbound seats per week, a 35 per cent increase on the record high of 8048 last year.

The airport achieved the increase in capacity despite losing flights from Nadi, Fiji and Wellington, although three flights were added from Auckland last year, along with one from Kuala Lumpur.

The airport's $100 million terminal expansion was opened in January this year.



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