Hundreds turned up at the Sunshine Coast Airport today to witness the dawn of a new era – the first real international passenger flight to the region.
The flight touched down at the airport right on schedule just before 8.30 with mayor Mark Jamieson, airport manager Peter Pallot, Coast tourism boss Steve Cooper leading a procession of passengers to the tarmac.
Among those on board were 20 Kiwi travel industry and media representatives who will spend the next few days touring the region.
While there were charter flights from New Zealand to the Coast years ago, Mr Jamieson said the region now regular scheduled flights which officially made it an international airport.
The milestone follows the opening of the expansion of the airport, which took two years to complete.
Up to 168 people will be flying in twice weekly from across the Tasman.
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