Gold Coast Airport has today been announced as the Official Airport of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
To celebrate the airport’s partnership with the games, GC2018 mascot Borobi was welcomed with an honorary water canon salute on the airport tarmac before helping to officially open the GC2018’s first merchandise store inside the airport’s domestic terminal. Watch below:
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GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said all Games partners were focused on delivering a great Games experience, and this starts on arrival to the Gold Coast.
“Our partnership with GCA allows us to work closely with the airport so it is in the best position to deal with the inevitable spike in traffic leading up to, during and after the Games,” Mr Beattie said.
“GCA have been a strong supporter of the Games since the bid phase and in addition to becoming a member of the GC2018 Sponsor Family, today we’ve opened the first official GC2018 store in the main terminal.
“This is the first time a Commonwealth Games store has been located at an airport and will be the first of 30 locations to open ahead of the Games. I couldn’t think of a better location for visitors to the Gold Coast to grab a Borobi soft toy or other merchandise to share the dream with friends and family.”
GCA Chief Executive Officer Chris Mills said the operational impacts of the Games had long been on GCA’s radar, but the partnership with GOLDOC underlined the importance of GC2018 to the airport and the city.
“Customer experience is at the forefront of our operations and in partnering with GOLDOC we can ensure the experience for Games family and spectators is a positive one,” Mr Mills said.
“We will provide that all important first and last impression for thousands of athletes, officials and spectators.”
GOLDOC Chief Executive Mark Peters welcomed GCA to the GC2018 Sponsor Family. “The Games and Gold Coast experience will begin as soon as our guests, whether they be athletes, officials, media or spectators touch down at Gold Coast Airport,” Mr Peters said.
“We know all GCA staff and our team of GC2018 volunteers at the airport will make a great first impression and set the tone for a fun filled event and Gold Coast stay.”
The airport is currently heralding a new era of growth, progressing with major plans to redevelop the terminal. Civil works are continuing on the airport’s apron expansion and a number of improvements to the existing terminal are to be delivered in time for GC2018.