Our very own Toowoomba airport has been named as a finalist for Qantas’ new pilot training academy, if Toowoomba’s bid is a successful one the academy will most likely be housed close to Wellcamp Airport.
More than 60 regional cities put forward a proposal and nine regional cities across Australia have been selected to move to the next phase of the process, they are:
. Alice Springs, Northern Territory
. Bendigo, Victoria
. Busselton, Western Australia
. Dubbo, New South Wales
. Launceston, Tasmania
. Mackay, Queensland
. Tamworth, New South Wales
. Toowoomba, Queensland
. Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
The academy due to open its doors in 2019, is part of the Qantas Group's plans to build a long-term talent pipeline for its airlines and meet the increasing need for skilled aviators in one of the world's fastest growing industries.
Estimates suggest the global airline industry needs more than 640,000 more pilots over the next 20 years - 40 per cent of them in the Asia Pacific region.
More than 14,000 aspiring pilots have so far registered their interest in the academy. Qantas is encouraging more women to consider a career in aviation, which globally stands at just 3 per cent. Around 16 per cent of people registering interest in the Academy are female.
Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh has also met with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and members of his senior executive team to discuss the impact on Darling Downs businesses.
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