Queensland is rolling out the ‘welcome back’ mat, offering $10 million in funding for airports to negotiate with airlines to revive aviation routes to the state.
The new funding builds on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s previously announced $5 million in support for 16 Queensland airports to help airlines to secure intrastate flights in the wake of the coronavirus downturn.
The latest investment, part of the second stage of the Queensland Government’s Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan, aims to encourage renewed flights from other states to regional tourist areas.
“Airports and aviation are crucial to our regional economies as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Palaszczuk said. “More flights will help to further revive our tourism industry, support hundreds of thousands of jobs and pump millions of dollars into local businesses.”
Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the aviation package would support airports to negotiate with carriers in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland to secure aviation routes to regional Queensland and into Brisbane.
“We understand that more flights mean more dollars for local tourism businesses. That’s why we’re boosting funding so airports across the state can negotiate with airlines to fly more planes, more often to Queensland,” Jones said on social media.
She cited the program’s initial success has seen Alliance Airlines opening up a new air route from Brisbane to the Whitsundays.
Meanwhile, the Palaszczuk Government has also committed nearly $9 million to national parks under a works and jobs boost, “to provide visitor infrastructure upgrades and enhancements to reenergise nature-based tourism,” the Premier said.
Lead image: Mackay Airport | image credit: North Queensland Airports