NORTHWARD PUSH: The aiport reports overwhelming support for flights from the Sunshine Coast to Cairns.
NORTHWARD PUSH: The aiport reports overwhelming support for flights from the Sunshine Coast to Cairns. Warren Lynam

4500 throw support behind flights to Cairns

BREAKING: The people have spoken. Flights to Cairns from the Coast are what they want, and now they're doing all they can to help make it a reality.

More than 4500 responses were submitted by midnight Wednesday (survey close) to the Sunshine Coast Airport's survey undertaken to help the push for flights north.

An airport spokesman said the responses had indicated overwhelming support of flights north to Cairns, as well as demand for services to other North Queensland destinations like Mackay and Townsville.

Over the past year Sunshine Coast locals have taken nearly 11,000 return trips to Cairns, the survey revealed, with almost half of those accounted for by business trips.

The spokesman said data gathered by the survey showed a high percentage of the 11,000 trips taken in the last 12 months were also by locals to visit family and friends in the state's north.

The data gathered will now be used to further develop a business case for flights from Sunshine Coast to Cairns to try and convince airlines to deliver the services.

An online survey also played a crucial role in 2014 in convincing Qantas to the Sunshine Coast and begin business flights earlier this year.

Meanwhile Sunshine Coast Airport general manager Peter Pallot also received an Outstanding Contribution to the Airport Industry award on Wednesday night at the Australian Airport Association's national awards.

Mr Pallot received the award in recognition of his achievements in his 36-year career in the airport industry.


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