The Palaszczuk Government has today welcomed the announcement that the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Toowoomba, has secured a deal for a weekly Cathay Pacific freight flight to Hong Kong.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Jackie Trad said the announcement demonstrated the strength of Queensland’s agricultural export sector.
“I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate Brisbane West Wellcamp and Wagners on this fantastic initiative for the Darling Downs and Toowoomba region,” Ms Trad said.
“This announcement is a clear endorsement of the ever-increasing export opportunities for our Queensland agricultural producers and exporters who now have a direct line to one of our region’s most lucrative markets.
“The emerging Asian middle-class is driving up demand for clean, green produce and Queensland is perfectly placed to capitalise on this demand, delivering jobs and economic growth right throughout Queensland.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to driving opportunities for our exporters which is why in May this year we declared the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport a strategic airport to support its growth.”
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson said that the announcement would support local producers.
“The practical effect of this announcement is that producers in the Darling Downs and Toowoomba can now export their fresh produce directly from the region in which it was produced,” Ms Donaldson said.
“On my recent trade mission to Hong Kong it was clear that there is a significant appetite for Queensland products and this announcement will help our farmers to take advantage of this demand and increase efficiency.”
In announcing the news Global Chairman of Wagners and airport developer John Wagner said the announcement was a coup for local producers.
“We are absolutely delighted Cathay Pacific has committed to operating a scheduled weekly service out of the airport,” Mr Wagner said.
“The opportunities this creates for Queensland exporters to access the world’s biggest consumer markets are unlimited.”
The service will be operated on a Cathay Pacific 747-8F. Menzies Aviation, in partnership with Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, will manage the ground handling and cargo terminal operations.
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