Numbers at Coast airport taking off
BUDERIM woman Ella Marriott's Sydney sojourns have added to the increasing number of travellers flying in and out of Sunshine Coast Airport.
In July, the airport had its best monthly figures for 10 months with an average of 2680 people flying in or out of Marcoola every day.
It equated to 83,108 passengers for the month.
That was a 7.3% increase on the same time last year, with Jetstar, Virgin and Air New Zealand all posting double-digit growth.
Miss Marriott, 22, flew to Sydney for a work function yesterday.
She did the same flight about a fortnight ago while on a holiday.
"It's easier than going to Brisbane," Miss Marriott said.
"I just park across the road and my car stays overnight.
"They (flights) are similar in price, if not cheaper (than from Brisbane)."
She said her friends tended to do a lot of travel and would support more international options.
"But a lot of people my age, they look at price," she said.
Sunshine Coast Airport general manager Peter Pallot said August had seemed strong and the outlook for September was also very good.
"The airlines are doing a great job in meeting the demands of travellers with increased capacity into the Sunshine Coast to meet the growing desire for locals to use their own airport and service the needs of our visitors," Mr Pallot said.
"We plan to continue to grow these numbers though our highly successful Fly Local campaign.
"To everyone who has supported Fly Local and experienced the benefits of choosing their local airport as their airport of choice, we say a big 'thank you'."
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the high July figures were great news for the Sunshine Coast economy.
"There is a growing confidence in our market built on strong economic performance and the great work happening in our tourism sector," he said.
"These figures are a reward for the hard work being put into this important part of our economy.
"The more people using our airport, the better it is for the Sunshine Coast."