Qantas To Operate At Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport
22nd Sep 2014
Starting November 17, if original plan pushes through, Qantas will commence its direct service between Sydney and Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.
So two airports now serve Brisbane? Not really!
Though the airport is named after the city located 130 kilometers to the east, it is actually situated in the locality of Wellcamp near the city of Toowoomba, Queensland.
The airport is developed and financed by a company owned by John Wagner, who said that he wanted to take the business away from Brisbane Airport, the primary and largest airport in the state of Queensland.
He had a bold prediction that within a couple of years, his airport will be able to attract a million passengers annually reaching similar status as Mackay or Newcastle Airport.
He cited Brisbane Airport as getting crowded already handling about 22 million passengers annually and he wanted to ease its problem by diverting some flights to his airport.
The official announcement by Qantas was done last week, when QantasLink CEO John Gissing flew in to the airport along with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. Premier Newman was grateful to John Wagner for building an airport without the city spending a single cent, thus sparing the taxpayers from the burden.
Mr Newman praised the investment made by Mr. Wagner and acknowledged the importance and concrete benefit the airport will provide to the city.
Qantas will have its regional brand, QatasLink, serve the route that covers a distance of 2,519 kilometers between the two cities. In its maiden operations, the airline will use the Bombardier Q400 that can seat up to 74 passengers.
The service will be twice daily on weekdays with time departures from Wellcamp at 5:20am and 9:35am. Return flights will take off at 8:50 and 6pm from Sydney Airport. One flight will take place every Saturday leaving Toowoomba at 7:30am and depart Sydney at 6pm on a return flight.
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is the first public airport in Australia to be wholly funded by a private entity to the tune of close to $200 million.
Brisbane is currently 2.5 hours away from Toowoomba by car. With flights to Sydney coming soon, people around the region will no longer need to drive to Brisbane to catch a flight to Sydney.