Mackay chosen "because good infrastructure, a proud community – even a new, state-of-the-art sport and recreation precinct for students, trainers and their families. We were really moved by the way locals came together with the #MackayWantsYouQantas campaign," says the airline. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: Qantas livery showing Wunula Dreaming of the Yantuwa people in the Gulf of Carpenteria.
UPDATE 2pm:: "Qantas is not the only airline" says airport manager Dave Batic. Asia Pacific region airlines are looking for similar opportunities.
A great pitch by Alice airport, CDU and NT Government, and superb weather for flying, may land a big prize for the town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. At right: David Batic, general manager of Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd. At left: Eddie Connellan, founder of Connair.