We have lift off

Australia’s fifth busiest airport also makes for a busy Gold Coast bus service, with patronage booming

We have lift off
We have lift off

April 12, 2011

The direct bus connection between the Gold Coast airport and Southport has more than doubled its patronage since 2009, says Queensland Transport Minister Annastascia Palaszczuk.

Patronage on the Southport-Coolangatta Airport route 702 service is up by 117 per cent following the introduction of the extended about 18 months ago.

"The route proved popular from day one when higher frequency buses and an extended route were introduced, with more than 760,000 trips made last year - up from 351,000 the year before," Palaszczuk says.

"The changes to the route have certainly shown customers enjoy the convenience of a one-seat journey to and from the airport."

Route 702 is funded by the State Government and Gold Coast City Council, and supported by Gold Coast Airport and Gold Coast Tourism.

Member for Southport Peter Lawlor says it's pleasing to see more people make the switch to public transport.

"Ultimately this gets cars off the road and people are recognising route 702 as a reliable and frequent service," he says.

Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Paul Donovan says the public transport service remained important for the airport.

"Gold Coast Airport is the fifth busiest international airport in Australia and providing a public bus service is crucial to the region," he says.

"Providing strong ground transport links from Gold Coast Airport is critical both for our visiting tourists to easily access other areas of the Gold Coast and for our local community."

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