QantasLink Open Day at Port Macquarie Airport

PORT MACQUARIE, 20 October 2004

QantasLink is inviting all residents and visitors in the mid-North Coast districts between Taree and Kempsey to attend the airline's free community open day on Saturday 13 November from 1.00pm at Port Macquarie airport.

A special guest of the airline will be historic aviatrix and one time Kew resident, Nancy-Bird Walton.

Executive General Manager Regional Airlines Narendra Kumar, said a highlight of the afternoon would be the arrival of historic aircraft Super Constellation, known as Connie and DC3 Hawdon for static display, along with the BAC Strikemaster that is resident at Port Macquarie Airport.

"A parachute demonstration, face painting and rides, amusements, showbags and a celebratory cake made by Port Macquarie TAFE students will add to the party atmosphere," he said.

Mr Kumar said that QantasLink would also operate a special Dash 8 charter flight from Sydney carrying children and carers from Ronald McDonald House to Port Macquarie for the festivities.

"QantasLink has also arranged for children from Port Macquarie Hospital's Oncology Ward to be treated to a joy flight around the district at around 3.00pm.

"We want to invite people from the Port Macquarie and neighbouring communities to make this a memorable day for these children and enjoy an afternoon of light hearted fun."

He said a free bus service would operate from Horton Street to the airport and return on the half-hour all afternoon until around 5.00pm. There will be limited parking at the airport for the disabled and elderly.

Mr Kumar thanked AirServices Australia, Sydney Airport Corporation, Melbourne Airport Corporation, Hastings Council, Rural Fire Service, Coates Hire, St Johns Ambulance, Rotary, Travelscene Port Macquarie, Shell and Port Macquarie TAFE for their contribution in making the day possible.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3171)