Big plans for Gold Coast Airport revealed at breakfast
TWO big names in Gold Coast aviation provided some interesting insights into the Gold Coast Airport and Scoot Airlines at the Kingscliff and District Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning.
The networking breakfast was hosted both Gold Coast Airport's aviation general manager Charles Martin and Scoot Airlines' Australian general manager Darren Wright.
Mr Martin said the Gold Coast Airport was the sixth busiest airport in Australia and the fifth busiest international hub.
He also said the Gold Coast to Sydney route was the fourth busiest route in the entire country.
To cope with the growing demand for the airport Mr Martin said there were innovative expansion plans, which included aero-bridges to help travellers stay out of the weather.
There's no real expansion in terms of the terminal foot print, what we are doing, however, is extending the aviary.
"There's no real expansion in terms of the terminal foot print, what we are doing, however, is extending the aviary," he said.
"And that allows us to fit more aircraft in."
He said the runway would remain the same but the current threshold would be re-located further south.
"This will allow us to bring different aircraft with the longer runway," Mr Martin said.
But he warned the crowd this did not mean we would see larger aircraft, such as A380s, flying overhead.
Mr Wright, Scoots GM, said his no frills airline was booming.
The crowd was told about the general value based airlines values and beliefs, before being told Scoot intended to tap in the Tiger Airlines network at some point in the future.
Mr Wright also gave away two return tickets to Singapore to one lucky winner, Murwillumbah business woman, Toni Zuschke.
Ian Taylor, a Kingscliff Beach and Bowls Club employee, announced from August 3 to August 5 the club would host the state titles for bowls.
He said more than 250 competitors and 500 tourists would take over the Kingscliff main drag.
"There will be 16 teams in total," he said.
He encouraged everyone to come down and cheer the bowlers on.
Tweed Shire Council mayor Barry Longland also addressed the chamber and their guests.
He said Lot 490 was still on the council's agenda with an upcoming workshop and community consultation forum in the future.
The next Kingscliff and District Chamber of Commerce breakfast will coincide with the AGM at Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club on September 17.