VISION: Sunshine Coast Airport's new aviation business development general manager Gareth Williamson has outlined the plan to increase destinations and attract airlines.
VISION: Sunshine Coast Airport's new aviation business development general manager Gareth Williamson has outlined the plan to increase destinations and attract airlines.

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THE healthcare and education sectors, and the opportunities they will deliver the region are two keys to Gareth Williamson's sales pitch.

Sunshine Coast Airport's new general manager of aviation business development has been tasked with growing the number of flights servicing the region, and expanding the destinations accessible, both domestically and internationally.

Mr Williamson said when it came to luring airlines to a region, it was vital to ensure a diverse economy not reliant on tourism was presented, in a bid to secure new services.

He said part of his strategy was to increase the number of flights across all timeslots daily, and ensuring airlines knew the airport's catchment area encompassed about 800,000 people was also critical.

VISION: Sunshine Coast Airport's new aviation business development general manager Gareth Williamson has outlined the plan to increase destinations and attract airlines.
VISION: Sunshine Coast Airport's new aviation business development general manager Gareth Williamson has outlined the plan to increase destinations and attract airlines.

He said they were eager to establish northern services and a network across Queensland, as well as western services and additional flights into the southern business hubs of Melbourne and Sydney, before focusing on the international opportunities.

"It's very much a domestic-first approach being taken," Mr Williamson said.

"There's definitely enough market there (for northern flights)."

He said figures indicated for every dollar the airport invested in its aviation, it delivered a 50:1 return to the region, and diversification of the region's economy was an important story.

He said services flying throughout the day would also increase international connections, for both visitors arriving to the region and local travellers, with year-round services to New Zealand hoped to be another lure.

He said he hoped to make "exciting announcements" about services for the region next year.