Airport seating record smashed

GOLD Coast Airport Limited has achieved such spectacular increases in domestic airline seat capacity in the past year that according to Gold Coast Airport Limited managing director Dennis Chant it will be hard to predict future growth.

Mr Chant said for the 2004/05 financial year the airport was well ahead of previous records that were achieved last year.

He said plans for the airport over the next year included the completion in March of an expansion in terminal two which follows the completion of a major carpark upgrade in December 2004.

"This will double the domestic and international departure lounges in terminal two and in- crease retail areas," he said.

"There will be further terminal expansion later in the year."

Mr Chant said in 2005 flights to New Zealand were expected to increase as indicated by both Freedom Air and Pacific Blue.

"Flights to Asia are on hold until completion of the runway extension which is two to twoand-a-half years away," he said.

Queensland Tourism Minister Margaret Keech said domestic airline seat capacity into the Gold Coast had increased by 80 per cent over the past year.

Mrs Keech said domestic inbound capacity to the Gold Coast was 38,297 seats for the week beginning December 6 - a massive increase on the 21,228 for the same time the previous year."

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