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Project overview

Queensland is home to three major international airports:

  • Brisbane Airport
  • Cairns Airport
  • Gold Coast Airport.

Sunshine Coast Airport operates seasonal flights to and from New Zealand. Queensland has other airports that welcome visitors from New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

We have a commitment to grow international visitation and expenditure in Queensland from eastern and western markets. We also support domestic services on a targeted basis that drives regional dispersal.

Our commitment includes:

  • Advance Queensland: Connecting with Asia Strategy
  • Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF)
  • Cairns Regional Aviation package.

The Advance Queensland: Connecting with Asia Strategy is about driving demand and growth from Asia. We will:

  • secure more direct international flights into Queensland
  • create innovative tourism products
  • build relationships with targeted Asian countries
  • drive digital connection
  • grow awareness of Queensland experiences.

The Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF) will attract new air services and boost the state’s tourism industry. It will work to generate increased overnight visitor expenditure and support tourism jobs. In 2018, the Attracting Tourism Fund boosted the AAIF by $10 million. All funding is associated with marketing activity, ensuring that Queensland’s experiences and destinations remain the focus of aviation attraction activity.

The Cairns Regional Aviation package identified a sustainable solution to address the passenger and freight challenge in Tropical North Queensland. Supply chains in the region export millions of dollars of freight each year and involve the tourism, aquaculture and agriculture industries.

Asia is a key destination for both tourism and freight and keeping Cairns accessible to Asia is the priority for the Queensland Government.


  • Attract new direct flights into Queensland

  • Create innovative tourism products

  • Build relationships with Asian countries

Last updated: 11 Feb 2020