The Toowoomba region is on the verge of welcoming its first direct overseas flights, after Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport was cleared to receive international passenger services.
According to The Courier Mail, an “extremely grateful” Wellcamp Airport general manager Sara Hales hailed the announcement as “an incredibly important decision” for the Darling Downs area.
“It shows a demonstrated commitment from the Australian Government to support Toowoomba and the Darling Downs' ambitions in terms of international trade,” she said, calling the approval a “powerful opportunity”.
Although no official announcement has been made, it is expected that the first overseas carrier to fly to the regional Queensland airport will be Malaysian carrier AirAsia, which was in confirmed talks with the airport in March.
According to Brisbane’s Hit105, the service would be part of cost-saving measures by the airline, which would be able to save money by flying to regional hubs like Toowoomba.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the low cost carrier would become the first international airline to operate at Melbourne’s Avalon Airport after the Victorian hub secured AirAsia for its first overseas services.