TOUCHING DOWN: A Beechcraft King Air landing at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport for the official launch.
TOUCHING DOWN: A Beechcraft King Air landing at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport for the official launch. Contributed

New Toowoomba airport will take care of Ipswich business

THE new airport at Toowoomba will be a boon for Ipswich business, especially once the second range crossing is finished.

As the QT reported yesterday, Ipswich travellers are being wooed to the new airport with the lure of quicker road trips and cheaper parking.

The airport will start passenger services from November 17.

Ipswich Chamber of Commerce president Anita Dwyer welcomed the opening of the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport as positive news for the Ipswich business community.

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"It's going to bring prosperity to the region," Mrs Dwyer said.

"It's a viable option now and a third alternative with the Gold Coast and Brisbane but it's going to be even more viable after we get the second range crossing."

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is expected to slice 15 minutes off the travelling time between Ipswich and Toowoomba to about 50 minutes.

Just as important as the benefits to the business community, Mrs Dwyer said, was the boost to farmers in the region with the BWWA opening opportunities for local primary producers.

"If it's going to benefit the Lockyer Valley, it will benefit the whole region," she said.

Mrs Dwyer said the time the privately-owned airport took to come to fruition should be an eye-opener for governments.

"If it was a government project they would still be doing a feasibility study," she said. "Government should take a leaf out of their book and get things done."

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