Friday, June 18, 2010

Blackwater Airport to close - QantasLink to suspend operations

The Blackwater Airport will close to the public from mid-August because not enough people are using it. All scheduled QantasLink services will be cancelled, and ticketed passengers forced to fly from Emerald, a 45min drive away.

The airport is privately owned by BMA, a subsidiary of the BHP Billiton, which in a statement said that "because of poor patronage, operation of the airport could no longer be justified".

The Airport will however remain open to emergency medical users such as the Royal Flying Doctor Serivce.

The Central Highlands Regional Council has said will not be buying or taking control of the Blackwater airport.

Miners who fly in from Brisbane for work are worried about how they will get to work. The closest airports are at Emerald and Rockhampton.

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