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An open letter to the people of the Hunter - News



Dear the people of the Hunter,

Wow, hasn’t there been some interest in our airport during the month of May! It’s heartening to see so much passion from our region.

The commencement of works on the $1.9 million international processing area fit-out seems to have more than piqued your interest. What is evident is your excitement and enthusiasm at the prospect of future international destinations becoming a real possibility.

I am writing this open letter to residents of the Hunter to thank you for your passion for the introduction of new routes out of Newcastle Airport. I have read your comments on social media, and listened to opinions on radio and in the media that prove we are an impassioned region with strong views on the future of their airport.

Your sentiments are not only warranted, but just what we need to convince airlines we have a local population that wants to fly to new destinations and would actively support new routes with fervour.

We can all agree our region most definitely deserves an international airport. These development works are the next step towards making this happen for you.

Partly funded by the State Government thanks to an $850,000 Restart NSW grant, the fit-out is due for completion later this year. This means that if an airline told us today they wanted to start international flights from Newcastle, by November we’d have all the necessary infrastructure ready for the services to commence.

We’re working hard to bring more flights to Newcastle Airport, but competition is fierce among airports to attract more flights. Just like any other company we pitch business cases to win new work (ie new routes). These pitches are backed by extensive passenger and traffic research and often include financial incentives.

As you can imagine, we’re not the only ones doing this, almost every other airport in Australia is hoping to grow their footprint and deliver new routes for their catchment. Ultimately it’s the airlines who decide where they will fly their planes and that decision is based on demand.

Completing this Border Force fit-out means that from an infrastructure perspective, we have done everything we needed to prepare our terminal for international flights. When international flights will start from Newcastle, is yet unknown.

That said, what is evident to me and my team is the wanderlust our community has.

We take this desire for new destinations—both international and domestic—seriously and we will continue to lobby the airlines and push hard for Newcastle Airport and our region to give you an airport the region deserves.

Domestically, we’ve listened to your comments and have focused on new services into South Australia and to additional airports in Queensland. We are in discussions with airlines at the moment about opportunities to both these states and I believe we have presented a strong business case for new services. Watch this space!

Internationally our focus is on short-haul destinations such as New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and—with the right aircraft—potentially Bali in the future.

While right now we don’t have any announcements on the horizon, completion of these fit-out works will remove the last infrastructure hurdle in bringing international flights to Newcastle. If we don’t build the infrastructure, we can never have international flights.

So, what we need you to do now is keep that enthusiasm going strong! We will continue to communicate openly and honestly with you and we also need you all to let the airlines know that Newcastle Airport is serviced by a population that is passionate about travel.  Let the airlines know where you want to fly and keep that enthusiasm strong!

Thank you again for all of your support,
Peter

Peter Cock
CEO Newcastle Airport
 
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