A Qantas Pilot Academy in Dubbo is one step closer to becoming a reality after Qantas announced Dubbo as one of nine (9) locations shortlisted.
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields said this was excellent news for the community and Qantas have recognised the very real potential that Dubbo now has to secure this much anticipated facility.
“From the outset we have made it abundantly clear that Dubbo is the perfect location for the new Qantas Pilot Academy,” Councillor Shields said.
“The formal submission emphasised the strategic location of Dubbo City Regional Airport as well as the capacity to quickly establish the Academy so it can be operational by 2019,” Councillor Shields said.
“Being shortlisted presents Dubbo as viable location and there is now a very real possibility that Dubbo could be the home of the new Qantas Pilot Academy,” he said.
The Qantas Group Pilot Academy management team will visit Dubbo in coming weeks to further evaluate the feasibility of Dubbo regional Airport. A final decision on the Academy’s location is expected to be made in the coming months.
“I look forward to meeting with The Qantas Group Pilot Academy management team and further showcasing the reasons why Dubbo should be chosen as the home of the Pilot Academy,” said Councillor Shields.
Dubbo Regional Council will continue to work with the State Government and Qantas to meet any additional requests for information.
“Our case is very strong,” Councillor Shields said. “With State Government and community support we can show Qantas that establishing the Pilot Academy in Dubbo is the best option.
“I would like to thank the Dubbo Regional community who have publicly supported Dubbo’s bid and congratulate the Council staff and stakeholders for developing such a strong submission in what was a nationally, very competitive bidding process,” Councillor Shields said.
Source: Dubbo Regional Council