Rockhampton Airport motel on the radar

COUNCILLOR Neil Fisher expects within two weeks an announcement about a multi-million-dollar development within the Rockhampton Airport precinct.

It is believed the project, worth between $10 million and $12 million, will include a motel, corporate offices and a commercial car park.

Land in Hunter St has been earmarked for the development.

Cr Fisher, chair of the Rockhampton Regional Council's business enterprise committee, said it would add a new dimension to one of the region's most important assets.

He said there was a "good vibe" around the airport, which was in the spotlight this week as the annual Singapore Armed Forces military exercise wound up.

During the two-month long Exercise Wallaby, there were 17 charter flights, with a total of 3380 passengers arriving and 3528 passengers departing.

Cr Fisher said the success of the exercise reinforced Rockhampton Airport's capability to operate as an international airport.

"It's been a really successful exercise," he said.

"We were benchmarking all aspects of the international charter flights to gauge the airport's performance on the turnaround of flights.

"When we see an increase in tourism activity as a result of the Great Keppel Island Revitalisation Project and the Capricorn Resort expansion, we know we can handle the international charter flights to service these resorts," Cr Fisher said.