The Wellcamp Airport under construction.
The Wellcamp Airport under construction.

Wellcamp to lift Southern Downs economy

THE Southern Downs looks set to reap the economic benefits of the new Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, with Crisps Coaches looking at the prospect of running services to the site when flights commence in November.

In what could be a massive boost for travellers in the region, the coach provider is looking at running airport bus services as part of its twice daily service to Toowoomba.

Crisps Coaches owner Russell Crisp said as many as 10 services a week could be run to the airport.

"These services would be beneficial to people in Warwick and the Granite Belt," he said.

"Obviously they don't have to worry about airport parking."

Under the plan, services to the airport would have to pre-booked and only run on demand.

"I can't see why a lot of people won't use the airport services," Mr Crisp said.

"It's a credit to the Wagner boys for putting this airport together."

Although no agreements have been made between Crisps and the management of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, general manager Phil Gregory said they were open to talks.

"While official agreements have not been signed with ground transport providers to service the Warwick area yet, we would certainly welcome bus transfers to and from the region," Mr Gregory said.

"With QantasLink starting daily return flights direct to Sydney from this November, the airport will open the skies for local tourism operators in the Warwick and Stanthorpe area and increase connectivity for local residents."

As reported last week Warwick residents may also be able to access the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport through The Airport Flyer, which hasn't run services from the Rose City since June last year.

QantasLink flights to Sydney will begin on November 17, with the airport to host an open day for the public on September 28.



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