Andrew Barr has announced the work underway to lure international airline flights to Canberra:
After today’s meeting, the Taskforce will now start gathering information and preparing a submission to put to airlines. The submission will contain an assessment of the volume and reach of demand, the volume of Canberra and New Zealand businesses with regular links and/or requirements to do business in the respective markets, and historical bookings and forward commitments for Government agencies and business and association conferences and conventions.
The $420 million investment made by the Canberra International Airport Group to redevelop the terminal, combined with supporting infrastructure investment from the ACT Government, has created a new and exciting opportunity for the region.
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With the Canberra International Airport on track to be ready for international flights by March 2013, we are now entering an important moment for leveraging the business, tourism and community benefits that will flow from direct international services.