Cairns Airport is the nation’s seventh busiest in terms of combined international and domestic passenger movements. It handles around 130,000 aircraft movements and over 5.2 million passenger movements per year.

The airport is widely recognised as one of the most significant economic drivers in the Tropical North region, and its facilities are critical pieces of economic infrastructure. New international aviation routes directly benefit tourism along with opportunities such as international education, growth in regional exports and the region’s aviation industry infrastructure and services.

Advance Cairns has recently made a recommendation that the State Government commit funds to support Tropical North Queensland destination marketing in key visitor source markets as new routes are secured. These funds are required to launch the route and create brand awareness for long term route sustainability. This will assist TNQ reach its 2020 visitor expenditure target of $4.2B.

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