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New Australian airport to open later this year

Australia’s first new gateway to be built in 50 years, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, is set to open later this year and has secured a deal with QantasLink to start passenger flights.

The landmark agreement will secure 11 return flights a week to and from Sydney from November 17 and provide a Toowoomba centric schedule of double daily services Monday to Friday and daily services on the weekend by the carrier.

BWWA is Australia’s first privately-funded public airport and the first public airport to be built in 50 years.

The 300 hectare gateway, features a 2.87km runway capable of landing a Boeing 747 aircraft, is the anchor tenant of the 800 hectare Wellcamp Business Park.

Construction and logistics group Wagner Global Services, has put up around A$100 million (€70.9 million) to fund the airport, and chairman, John Wagner, says he is confident of a long-term relationship with QantasLink given the demand from business and leisure travel to Australia’s second largest inland city after Canberra.

“This is a momentous occasion for Australian aviation, our Toowoomba region and the airport.

“I speak on behalf of Wagners’ four shareholders, Joe, Denis, Neill and myself when I say that we always knew a major airline would see the potential of servicing South West Queensland.”


Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport will feature a terminal with extensive retail space, 2.87km runway and business park and the first flights are expected sometime in October this year.

QantasLink CEO, John Gissing, says he is delighted to offer customers flights to the country’s newest airport, and adds: "Qantas’ history began in Queensland over 94 years ago, so we’re delighted to be part of this important milestone in Queensland’s history."

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