It has been an exciting year for Wagners, with the ongoing evolution of one of the company’s headline projects, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (Wellcamp Airport).
Not only has the company celebrated its first year of operations, it also made history when a Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-8f landed at the airport late last year. It was the first time an international flight has departed from Australia’s newest airport and the first time Cathay Pacific Airways has operated a cargo service into an Australian regional centre.
Airport developer and Wagners global chairman John Wagner said the flight marked not only a major aviation milestone but also a significant commercial initiative for the country. “We are on the cusp of a massive export opportunity that will give local producers access to markets that feed half of the world’s population and this flight was the first step towards achieving this long-term goal,” said Mr Wagner.
The lucrative export market comes on the back of a successful year of Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) through Wellcamp Airport. Since starting operations on November 17, 2014, more than 2000 RPT flights have come in and out of the airport. “Both Qantaslink and Rex have experienced strong growth through the first year and after starting with double daily weekday services last year, Qantas added four additional services a week in June 2015 to increase weekend opportunities,” said Mr Wagner.
On top of the 2000 (RPT) flights, each month the number of charter, fly-in fly-out, and private aircraft arrivals has increased, with more than 2500 flights over the same period. “With well over 4500 movements through the airport in its first year, we are pleased with the airport’s achievements so far. We have a dedicated airport team, and as a company we are striving to create an aviation business that is not only a long-term multi-generational asset for our family but a significant community-based infrastructure project for our region,” said Mr Wagner.