Cloncurry on Virgin radar

EMERGING mining town Cloncurry is set to move one step closer to being linked to Brisbane via airline Virgin Australia.
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Representatives from Virgin Australia will meet with industry heads and local businesses in Cloncurry next week to discuss the possibility of linking the town to Brisbane.

Cloncurry Shire Council CEO David Neeves said the council initiated the visit after meeting with Virgin Australia in Brisbane recently.

Mr Neeves said council’s role was to give the airline an opportunity to meet with businesses in the community that would be likely to commit to regular usage of a Brisbane to Cloncurry flight service.

“We met with Virgin representatives in Brisbane a few months ago and presented a number of letters from mining companies, doctors and other members of the community considered to be high air travel users,” he said.

“From those discussions they committed to come to Cloncurry and have a look and hopefully the numbers stack up.”

The representatives will be welcomed to Cloncurry with a tour of the current airport, a facility council plans to upgrade in line with growing passenger numbers.

“Last year we had 50,000 passengers through the airport but this year to date we’ve exceeded 80,000,” Mr Neeves said.

“With mines beginning construction soon we expect see that number exceeding 140,000 in the future.”

Council will also hold a luncheon and presentation afternoon for the visitors to provide an opportunity for local business, health professionals and mining industry representatives to discuss their transport needs with the airline.

“Virgin are wanting to understand the opportunities out here as part of their business planning,” Mr Neeves said.

“If we could get a direct Brisbane to Cloncurry service it would make the shire a very attractive place to live.”

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