LNP welcomes more flights for regional Queensland

31 Jan 2012 12:13 PMJann Stuckey

31 January 2012

LNP Shadow Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey has welcomed the increase in flights to Queensland regional centres announced today by QantasLink.

Ms Stuckey said more flights, especially new 115-seat Boeing 717 jet services to Rockhampton and Gladstone from next month, as well as more seats on other routes, should potentially benefit regional tourism.

“Obviously the new flights will cater for demand from resource and engineering staff and business travellers, but there’s also a lot of potential here for tourism,” Ms Stuckey said.

“QantasLink will also be increasing flights from Brisbane to Mackay, Emerald, Roma, Bundaberg and providing more capacity between Cairns and Weipa, Cairns and Horn Island and between Townsville and Cloncurry/Mount Isa.

“The LNP recognises the importance of better services on regional air routes, not just for fly-in-fly-out mining and engineering staff, but also for regional communities and regional tourism which needs all the help it can get.

“The CanDo LNP team will revitalise our tourism industry as part of our four pillar economy.

“It’s time for change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track.”