Business, government welcome new day flights to Sydney
PROFESSIONALS who visit Sydney for work will be among those celebrating tomorrow as the first direct "Sydney in a day" Qantas flight takes off from Sunshine Coast Airport.
Departing every week day at 6.40am, the 110-seat, two class Boeing 717 will return at 6.15pm, providing Coast business people with a realistic daily commuting option for the first time.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the business flight was the first connection between the important economic hub of Sydney and the Coast.
"Securing this new business service has been a priority for council and I thank Qantas for their commitment to and confidence in our region," he said.
Connections with Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide will be improved because of the service, which will reduce overall travel time.
"I encourage local business travellers to fly local and support Qantas' investment in our region," Cr Jamieson said.
He said the flights were vital for the Coast's economic development.
Sunshine Coast frequent flyer and 4 Ingredients owner Kim McCosker said the new daily flight schedule was a potential time and money-saver.
"I travel to Sydney weekly for business so the introduction of this new service will make it so much more convenient because it buys time with family and with our business - and that's priceless," Mrs McCosker said.
"I'm just one of hundreds of people on the Sunshine Coast who all share the same story and who stand to benefit greatly from these business-friendly flights."
Sunshine Coast Airport general manager Peter Pallot said the new daily Qantas services marked an end to long, stressful days for local business travellers.
"There are many of the Sunshine Coast's more than 30,000 registered businesses who need to travel interstate regularly to conduct their business," Mr Pallot said.
"And like them I am looking forward to saving time, money and stress with a short commute to the airport instead of facing the uncertainty of the Bruce Hwy."
Noosa Council also welcomed the flights, with CEO Brett De Chastel writing to the Daily from a local government association meeting in New Zealand on Friday to convey his enthusiasm.
"The introduction of Qantas flights from the Sunshine Coast Airport is a good initiative that will help both the tourism industry and also the broader business community in the region," he said.
Noosa Chamber of Commerce president Peter Chenoweth said the flights would make doing business in Noosa easier.
"I think it's a great initiative," he said.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sunshine Coast business people who Fly Local with the Sunshine Coast Airport:
- Helped secure the Qantas business-friendly flight schedule
- Avoid Bruce Highway traffic congestion
- Can save up to four hours' travel time and $100 on return trips when flying from the Sunshine Coast to Sydney