Gold Coast air routes forecast to beat pre-Covid levels

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Air routes in and out of the Gold Coast are predicted to exceed pre-Covid levels by the end of the year, according to FCM Consulting’s latest quarterly report.

Since domestic and international borders reopened, people have been flocking to the Gold Coast for both business and leisure, with the gateways between the Gold Coast and Melbourne and Sydney predicted to surpass 2019 volumes.

General manager Felicity Burke said corporate travel was taking off once again across all key domestic and international routes.

“It’s fantastic that the ever-blossoming Gold Coast, a place that’s long been the jewel in the crown of Queensland, is now genuinely recognised as a place for interstate to travellers to visit frequently and for corporates to carry out business in,” Burke said.

“The city has seen an upward trajectory ever since the impact of the Commonwealth Games and you only need to look at the investment and infrastructure taking place to know this is going to be a key and influential business hub for many years to come.”

Burke also highlighted the increasing importance of Singapore to Australia, as well as the link between Los Angeles and Sydney.

“Five routes are forecast to exceed pre-COVID levels in and out of Australia by the end of 2022,” she said.

“Four of these routes are between Singapore and our largest state capitals, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth, with the fifth being between Sydney and the City of Angels.

“For Australians, travelling into Singapore has been the most viable and most productive for travel internationally to take place, with Singapore being a critical hub for the rest of the world.”

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Singapore is Australia’s largest trade and investment partner in ASEAN and our sixth largest trading partner overall ($27 billion in two-way trade in 2020).

“These routes will likely change as the world opens up more and more with key routes such as Hong Kong and China offering alternative routes into Europe and other parts of the world,” said Burke.

“But the growth we’ve seen domestically and internationally is a precursor to what we can expect in the future.

“We also need to factor in that the northern hemisphere is coming into summer – peak season – so over the coming months travelling out of Australia and New Zealand into Europe and North America is going to be extremely popular. With fewer seats available, prices will likely be higher than usual.”

The increase in routes comes as Gold Airport is completing its expansion that is set to double the terminal’s current size.

Due to open later this year, the new terminal will offer an extra 30,000 sqm space across three-levels. There will also be room for 19 additional large aircraft to touch down or take off.