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Wellcamp passenger flights miss forecast in 1st year

First international passenger flight from Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.
First international passenger flight from Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport. Salt Studios

THE number of aircraft and passenger movements at Wellcamp airport in its first year were considerably less than had been forecast.

The 2015 aircraft movements at Wellcamp airport were 56% less than the forecast and passenger numbers were 34% less than predicted, a review by aviation authorities shows.

The study of the airspace at Wellcamp airport found the forecast numbers in the Wellcamp Airport Master Plan 2012-2031 predicted 135,488 passenger movements at the airport over 12 months from December 2014.

But the actual number of passengers was just 89,957.

Similarly the number of aircraft movements was less than the estimate of 11,648 over the same period. Records show just 5165 aircraft movements.

The post implementation review by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority also found Toowoomba Aerodrome took a massive hit in numbers.

The number of movements at the Wilsonton aerodrome dropped from 35,100 in 2014 to just 22,700 in 2015.

Likewise the number of passengers dropped from 72,000 to 32,700.

Between 2014 and 2015 the aircraft movements at Toowoomba Aerodrome declined by 35% and passenger numbers declined by 55% during that same time.

The decline coincided with the start of operations at Wellcamp.

Wellcamp airport general manager Sara Hales said the forecasts made in the master plan were used in the design and early implementation phase of the airport.

She said at that time it was prudent to overestimate the numbers to ensure there was adequate infrastructure in place.

Ms Hales said given the "generous estimate" it was not surprising that the forecasts were not met.

"It's still the fastest growing airport in Australia and business is tracking exceedingly well."

View the numbers for yourself here

*Note: The Chronicle has not been able to view the Wellcamp Airport Master Plan 2012-2031 which the CASA report refers to.

Topics:  business toowoomba wellcamp airport


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