Gold Coast Airport continues to smash records with busiest day AND month in history!

The Gold Coast Airport is again celebrating after smashing the record for the busiest day in history – just 15 days after the previous record was set!

24,585 passengers passed through the airport on Sunday 7 January 2018, breaking the previous record of 24,076 which was set on 23 December 2017.

The month of January was also the busiest in the airport’s history, with more than 650,000 passengers passing through the terminal.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said it was a strong start to what would be a momentous year for the company’s largest airport.

“Both December and January were extremely busy for passenger movements and our ability to handle these peaks have put us in good stead for the thousands of people about to descend on the city for the Commonwealth Games,” Mr Mills said.

“In March the airport stands up for the arrival of Games athletes, officials, media and spectators, and we expect the arrival and departure periods for this event to be comparable to the usual peaks we see over Christmas and New Year.

Mr Mills said domestic travel to Sydney and Melbourne was popular last month.

“The month of January was particularly strong from a domestic perspective, with growth on our core markets of Sydney and Melbourne, and a significant increase in passengers on the Canberra route thanks to re-timing of the service to better suit leisure travellers.

“Internationally, Singapore and Tokyo were standout performers.”

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Traffic at a standstill on M1 following two separate crashes

MOTORISTS are being warned to brace for lengthy delays on the Pacific Motorway this morning following two separate crashes.

The first accident happened southbound, just after 6.00am, between Exits 35 and 38 at Beenleigh.

While the crash has now been cleared, major delays are still being experienced and side roads are also heavily congested.

Motorists are being urged to allow extra time for travel.

Meanwhile, a multi-vehicle crash has just happened southbound at Ormeau. It’s understood four vehicles have collided.

It’s not yet known how many people, if any, have been injured.

Prince Charles and Camilla

CONFIRMED: Prince Charles and Camilla to visit the Gold Coast for Commonwealth Games

Get excited Royal Family fans! It’s been revealed the Prince of Wales and his wife, The Duchess of Cornwall, are heading down under.

Prince Charles, who will be accompanied by Camilla, will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the opening of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Clarence House made the exciting announcement in a statement overnight.

“The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Australia, beginning their engagements in Brisbane on Wednesday 4th April,” the statement reads.

It’s understood the pair will spend time together in Brisbane and the Gold Coast from 4th – 6th April.

The Duchess of Cornwall will then return home, while Prince Charles will continue on the tour, visiting sights in Queensland and Northern Territory until Tuesday 10th April.

 

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Police appeal for help to find missing Loganholme teen

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a 15-year-old boy missing from Loganholme.

The boy was last seen at 1.00pm on Saturday February 17, at a Timor Avenue home.

Police and his family say they are concerned for his welfare as his behaviour is out of character.

The boy is described as Caucasian, 180cm tall with a slim build, brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a white/black ‘raiders’ jersey (similar to one pictured), navy nike shorts and black and gold nike shoes.

PHOTO: Queensland Police

Anyone who sees the boy or knows of his whereabouts is encouraged to contact police.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Major security training to take place on the Gold Coast today

The Australian Defence Force and Queensland Police will carry out a major two-day security exercise on the Gold Coast starting today.

As part of the two day joint training, we may see military watercraft and vehicles, tactical equipment and soldiers carrying weapons.

The soldiers may possibly be firing blanks or paint ammunition as well, but we’re being assured there’s no need to be alarmed.

Today’s exercise will take place in the early hours in the area surrounding Pacific Fair, and will continue on Wednesday around Marina Mirage at Main Beach.

The exercises are an important component of the Government’s commitment to host a safe and secure Commonwealth Games.

While there is no specific threat to Queensland or the Commonwealth Games, the National Terrorism Threat Level for Australia remains at ‘Probable’.

Police are urging anyone with concerns about the exercise to contact Policelink.