Rockhampton shoots for Alliance aircraft business
The airport this week welcomed one of Alliance Airlines’ new commercial aircraft with a water cannon salute to mark its arrival.
The Embraer E190 is one of 30 newly acquired aircraft Alliance is adding to its regional fleet, and Rockhampton Mayor Tony Williams said today’s flight was hopefully the first of many more to come.
“It was fantastic to see one of these new aircraft touch down today and for the airport to give that traditional salute to show our respect for Alliance and mark our long-standing relationship,” Cr Williams said.
“It is a relationship we hope can grow further as we work together to bring a maintenance and repair facility to Rockhampton which has the potential to create 225 jobs and inject $30 million into the local economy every year.
“There are currently discussions with the State and Federal Governments around potential funding for the project and we look forward to continue working constructively with all parties to make this project a reality.”
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said she was lobbying hard to help Alliance Airlines bring the maintenance and repair facility to Rockhampton.
“I am working with the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack to help this new project come to fruition,” she said.
“This facility will bring jobs as well as millions of ongoing dollars to the Rockhampton economy.“
Alliance managing director Scott McMillan said bringing the maintenance facility to Rockhampton would be like coming home.
“The first ever flight by Alliance Airlines was to Rockhampton in 2002 and since then we have built a special relationship with Rockhampton and the wider Central Queensland region,” Mr McMillan said.
“Bringing base maintenance back from overseas to Alliance’s home state of Queensland would benefit the local economy and provide Alliance with security around its long-term aircraft maintenance plans for the fleet of over 70 aircraft.
“The pandemic has impacted the airline industry across the board but we are determined to continue to look for opportunities for the future and increasing our capabilities to service our fleet here in Australia is critical to that succeeding.”
The council said the project was currently going through the development application process.
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