Each year, more than 10 million vacationers holiday at the Gold Coast, taking in its glorious sun, surf, sand, shops, restaurants and bars. Duplication of the multi-lane Pacific Motorway, the inland highway that links the Gold Coast to Brisbane, plus improved coastal highways along Australia’s eastern States, has greatly improved tourist access and free movement around the Gold Coast coastal strip and hinterland. 90% of the 6.3 million holiday makers who drive to the region are day-trippers from Brisbane. Another 2.2 million arrive though Gold Coast Airport each year.
From a humble beginning 80 years ago as an emergency grass air field for Sydney to Brisbane flights, “Coolangatta Airport “ as it was originally known, was progressively expanded and rebuilt with new tarmacs and regularly upgraded terminal facilities and amenities in the intervening years. Along the way, the original government-owned entity changed to private ownership and the name changed to the present ‘Gold Coast Airport’.
This development of the Gold Coast Airport has been a major contributor to the incredible popularity of the Gold Coast and Tweed Valley as a premier holiday and seachange destination.
Domestic air carriers first added Gold Coast Airport as a short stop on some of their Sydney to Brisbane services. In later years, direct domestic and international flights originated and terminated from this popular airport.
Today, the Gold Coast Airport is the seventh busiest airport in Australia. Domestic passengers represented more than 90% of the total inbound passenger numbers between 2004 and 2009. During that five year period, total inbound passenger numbers grew from 1.28 million to 2.14 million. In the first 10 months of 2009, 1.92 million passengers have flown into the Gold Coast Airport despite the global credit and confidence crisis. Total air passenger numbers appear to be tracking close to the record 2008 numbers.
This upsurge in air passenger traffic has been brought about by the increased number of stop-over and regular direct domestic and international flights to the airport. International seating capacity and in bound passenger numbers have more than doubled over the past 12 months. The airport now has many regular scheduled flights by Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Pacific Blue, Tiger Airways, Air New Zealand and Airasia X.
The average load factor on domestic flights is about 75% of their seat capacity whereas the equivalent figure on international flights is closer to 55%. These figures indicate why airlines serving Gold Coast Airport are likely to continue offering attractive holiday packages for some time to come.
When you arrive, there’s a range of transport options available at the Gold Coast Airport to whisk you to your hotel or resort. If you prefer to drive to your hotel or apartment or a tour of the Gold Coast region on the way, a rental car is the way to go.
A good place to find a high-value Gold Coast Airport Car Hire is with Cut Price Car Rentals. You can have a sparkling fresh rental car of your choice ready for collection when you arrive at Gold Coast Airport. First-time visitors should ask Cut Price Car Rentals to fit an optional, extra-cost GPS navigation system to their rental car when making their booking. It only costs a few dollars a day!
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