DEVELOPMENT looks set to take off at Whitsunday Coast Airport.
Following unprecedented interest and demand for development opportunities at the airport, Whitsunday Regional Council is now in the early stages of beginning the process to master plan the 430ha site.
Whitsunday Coast Airport's general manager business development, Scott Waters, said the potential was huge.
"We've had a sleeping giant here for years and, yes, the airport has had an interesting history," he said.
"However, now is the time for plans by previous councils and aviators such as Sir Reginald Ansett to come to fruition and fully capitalise on the recent redevelopment."
Whitsunday Coast Airport is a greenfield site, unique on the east coast of Australia with nil issues relating to noise, land constraints or residential concerns affecting so many of our airports across the country.
As the region continues to grow in prominence via a diversified economy, master planning of the airport is the next step to see elements of the airport's strategic and operational plan come to fruition.
Mr Waters said the region was extremely lucky to have a magnificent parcel of land to work with and the runway had the potential to be extended 1250m, making it the second longest in the state behind Brisbane.
Currently, the runway is the sixth-longest.
"A key component of the airport's future growth is in transport and logistics with the North Coast Railway line running at the end of the Aerodrome and the Bruce Hwy connecting the airport to road, rail and air capabilities for effective transport across the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region," Mr Waters said.
"It is about creating an essential hub between central and north Queensland that is currently lacking."
The Whitsunday Coast Airport's Masterplan will be a 20-year vision that will see the asset used in the greatest possible way and reach its full potential.
As the process is worked through, tenders will be called for in due course that will tap into airport planning expertise at a national and international level.
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