Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh today welcomed the announcement the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport has been short-listed as a potential site for the new Qantas Group Pilot Academy.
The Academy is due to open its doors next year as part of Qantas’ plans to ensure its ongoing workforce in one of the world’s fastest growing industries.
Dr McVeigh said the short-listing had come at an opportune time as he had been meeting with Qantas management over the national pilot shortage and its potential impacts on the Darling Downs.
“I have met with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and members of his senior executive team recently to discuss the implications potential schedule changes will have on businesses on the Darling Downs and other parts of regional Queensland ” Dr McVeigh said.
“I have done this after approaches from tourism and community leaders who have asked me specifically to fight for continuing growth in flight numbers out of Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport ” he said.
“The establishment of the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport has been a game-changer in terms of opening up our region to the world and now that we have that I am determined to see that grow further over time.”
Dr McVeigh said that during these meetings he has also taken the opportunity to put forward the merits of Toowoomba as the base for the new Academy.
“More than 60 regional cities have come forward to lobby for the new Academy ” Dr McVeigh said. “Whilst my preference is Toowoomba naturally I recognise wherever it goes it will be a great boon for a regional community.”