Port Douglas.
Port Douglas.

So, who wants to fly to Cairns?

IF Louis Jones had his way, direct flights to Cairns would have been introduced a long time ago.

The Bokarina man has been campaigning for the flights for years and says he has no plans of giving up.

"We have flights going to New Zealand, so it just seems logical that we would also have flights north," he said.

"I'm trying to get people aware of this situation.

"I'll keep going until it's a reality."

Real estate agent Mark McGill agrees, saying it "seems silly to have to travel an hour south to Brisbane to catch a flight north".

The Mooloolaba agent said, most importantly, the benefits for tourism would be second to none.

"Cairns is an international airport so it will allow it to become a significant stop over destination as well," he said.

And then there were the business possibilities.

"We see a fair bit of our workforce travel to the mines on fly-in and fly-out," he said.

"A lot of them have far less family time as their travel time to and from Brisbane eats into it."

It was also unreliable to travel down the Bruce Hwy to Brisbane Airport because of accidents and traffic jams.

"These flights would also be really beneficial for business travellers," he said.

"The new flights to Sydney have allowed business people the option of doing a return trip in one day."

Maroochydore resident Kerry Clayton travels to Townsville up to four times a year; she is also a long time campaigner for northern services.

"This should have been done many years ago," she said.

"If they can land here and they can take off here then they can go north.

"This would be a good catchment area to keep people off the highway to Brisbane."

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