Toowoomba West Wellcamp Airport saw the maiden Cathay Pacific international flight leave on 23 November bound for Hong Kong. It was laden with 544 trays of delicious Calypso® mangoes (One Harvest, Brisbane), Inglewood Farms Organic Free Range chicken, chilled and frozen beef (Mort & Co, Toowoomba), chilled beef (Nippon Meats, Oakey), Pecans (Stahmann Farms, Toowoomba) and prepacked lettuce (Story Fresh, Toowoomba).
Our TIQ team in Toowoomba and Hong Kong worked with Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) to target clients who had a designated supply chain into Hong Kong – to facilitate cargo space for their produce. They were so successful they now have clients lining up to be on the next flight!
Inglewood Farms was full of enthusiasm for this development, with a spokesman saying:
this opportunity for the Darling Downs is the first of its kind and a welcome commercial investment for local industry. Evidently, as the second highest grossing agricultural region in the country – with a strong population nearby in Toowoomba – the expansion into passenger flights and cargo services is a positive step in the right direction towards opening up the region to more export and investment opportunities.