Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rising demand may boost Isa airline competition

Updated April 23, 2012 09:47:10

By Stephen Smiley
The operators of Mount Isa Airport say air traffic volumes in and out of the north-west Queensland city will grow in coming years, which could mean more competition between airlines.

Mount Isa is now the 16th most popular domestic destination from Brisbane.

Regional airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill says he is aware of concerns raised by Mount Isa's three mayoral candidates about the comparatively high cost of airfares.

He says they are in talks with the airlines about how they might be able to improve their services.

"Flight prices have always been a contentious issue in Mount Isa," he said.

"It's a destination that is a strong business market and the airlines are aware of that.

"As the destination grows and as demand grows airlines will look at Mount Isa - the strong passenger numbers - and we certainly take that view."

He says the airport is working with airlines to create more competition on key routes.

"The more that demand grows, then hopefully more options will be available," he said.

"Brisbane to Mount Isa now - there are double daily flights, seven days of the week. That's a really good outcome," he said.

"The aircraft that are operating that route now I think are primarily the larger, new 737 800-series and that clearly demonstrates that demand has grown."

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