Australia's Wagner Investments chairman John Wagner, developer of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (09-Aug-2013) he expects the airport will handle its first passenger traffic in "August or September"of 2014. He believes Toowoomba, with a catchment of 340,000 people, is a suitable site for the new airport, having a catchment size similar to Melbourne Avolon Airport. He explained, "Our region has really struggled with the fact that we didn't have connectivity". He said he sees the proposed airport as a "viable second tier alternative to what we have in Brisbane". The totally private airport commenced construction a day after approval in Dec-2012. The airport with have a 2870m by 45m runway, with large jet capability and will be available for commercial freight and passenger movements. The airport will also have significant parking areas, terminal of around 9000sqm and associated facilities such as fuel farms.
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport expects to handle first pax in 'August or September' of 2014
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