2000 international passengers arrive at Rockhampton Airport
ROCKHAMPTON Airport has welcomed almost 2000 international passengers on 13 flights from Singapore's Changi Airport.
This has been due to Exercise Wallaby, which has brought Singaporean armed forces to the region for military training at Shoalwater Bay.
Boeing 777 and Airbus aircrafts that have landed in Rockhampton have operated on a standard two-hour turnaround time, which includes up to 285 passengers clearing customs, immigration and quarantine.
Councillor Neil Fisher said Rockhampton Airport's facilities were comparative to other regional airports that had operated return flights from New Zealand this year.
"We already have the infrastructure and it is a valuable asset for this part of Queensland with massive tourism projects on the horizon," Cr Fisher said.
"If we work hard to improve the Central Queensland region as a tourism destination I believe we can reach this benchmark of becoming an international airport."