QantasLink now flies to Toowoomba’s new privately-owned ‘Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport’ (BWWA), with 11 return flights each week from Sydney.
A Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft bearing the name 'Darling Downs' christened the route, with the plane named in honour of the region.
BWWA is Australia’s first privately-funded public airport and the first public airport to be built in 50 years.
Complete with a 2.87km runway, it’s capable of landing a Boeing 747 jumbo – but for now, its main visitor will be the QantasLink Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop aircraft.
“Qantas’ history began in Queensland over 94 years ago, so we’re delighted to be part of this important milestone in Queensland’s history,” said QantasLink CEO John Gissing.
Passengers travelling from BWWA will enjoy “seamless connections to domestic and international Qantas services” in Sydney, Gissing added.
Although titled ‘Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport’, the airport actually sits nearly 150km from Brisbane – around two hours by car.
Rather, the airport is located in Wellcamp, on the western side of Toowoomba and roughly 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of the Garden City.
Passengers on the east coast can already reach Toowoomba’s existing and aptly-named Toowoomba Airport from Brisbane with Skytrans Airlines, and can also connect via Sydney from cities such as Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.
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