PASSENGERS drank 15,000kg of coffee, chewed through 81,000 packets of gum and munched on 2.2 tonnes of macadamia nuts while waiting for their flight at Gold Coast Airport last year.
The city’s airport revealed the staggering statistics as it prepares for the arrival of thousands of Commonwealth Games athletes, officials and spectators in the weeks ahead.
Coffee, nuts, hot chips, chewing gum and ham and cheese croissants were among the most popular food items sold to travellers passing through the Gold Coast Airport last year.
Gold Coast Airport retailers sold 81,000 packets of chewing gum, 325,000 litres of bottled water and
used 15,000 kilograms of coffee beans to fuel the airport’s 6.5 million-plus passengers in 2017.
Travellers also purchased 2.2 tonnes of macadamia nuts and 95,000 kilograms of hot chips, while the
airport’s duty free store sold 360 bottles of spirits every day.
The ham and cheese croissant and the humble ham and cheese toastie were the most popular food
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said 2017 was a year of big numbers for the
airport and this year would be even bigger.
“We had a record number of passengers last year but it takes more than jet fuel to keep them moving,”
“Our retailers are coming off the back of our busiest month and day on record in January and are now
preparing themselves for the thousands of Commonwealth Games athletes, officials and spectators who
are a matter of weeks away from arriving here.
“I’m sure they’ll appreciate a ham and cheese croissant as much as the rest of us during those busy two
“But if the athletes are looking for something a little leaner, we have plenty of healthy options too.”
Gold Coast Airport set a record for the 2017 calendar year when 6,542,604 passengers arrived or departed the airport – 120,602 more than in 2016.