Wellcamp Airport (Queensland) is notable for establishing new regular flight routes during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it launched its first cargo-only flights to Singapore last week.
Last Friday night saw Singapore Airline’s A350-900 freighter aircraft service depart Wellcamp Airport, west of Brisbane, for the first time, marking a major milestone for the agriculture-rich Darling Downs region of Queensland. Wellcamp Airport is owned by the Wagner Corporation.
The SIA flight from Wellcamp is under the Federal International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM), which subsidises air freight to improve the return of agriculture and fisheries exports to international export markets. According to the airline, there will be a total of six once-weekly flights into the regional Queensland airport, which will see local producers provided with over 180 tonnes of cargo capacity, in order to send the fresh produce of the Darling Downs to markets across the globe.
Each flight carries an estimated $800,000 worth of fresh produce including red meat, chicken, eggs and dairy, making Wellcamp Australia’s largest regional export hub - and on a par with Perth and Adelaide.
These new Singapore flights are in addition to the temporary Cathy Pacific flights from Wellcamp to Hong Kong which commenced on 14 June under IFAM. That will operate for 6 weeks, departing on Sundays.
The airport hopes to add a second weekly flight to Singapore by the end of the year and is also eyeing opportunities in the Middle East.
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