Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Update
Sunshine Coast Airport passenger traffic surged by 13% in the fiscal year ending Jun-2016 to nearly 1 million passengers. Growth was driven by Qantas’ resumption of services at Sunshine Coast and more capacity from Auckland on Air New Zealand, the airport’s only international route. Qantas re-launched Sydney-Sunshine Coast on Dec-2015 and recently announced plans to re-launch Melbourne-Sunshine Coast from Dec-2016. The new Qantas service to Melbourne and a new route to Adelaide by Jetstar that commences Sep-2016 should drive further growth at Sunshine Coast in the new fiscal year. Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager Peter Pallot discusses the surge in traffic, the growth in the region’s economy and tourism sector along with the impact of the new routes. Mr Pallot also discusses airport privatisation plans and the new runway project, which will enable Sunshine Coast to start handling international flights from Asia.