AAA welcomes Commonwealth Games athletes and fans ahead of the opening ceremony
The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has welcomed Commonwealth Games athletes to Australia and wished competitors luck ahead of the event’s opening ceremony tomorrow.
AAA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said airports had been working hard in recent weeks to welcome competitors, fans, staff and volunteers to the Gold Coast and other Queensland locations ahead of the official start of the event.
“As we all look forward to GC2018, there has been a huge amount of planning by so many organisations to prepare for the biggest sporting event Australia will see this decade,” Ms Wilkie said.
“From the time the Queen’s Baton arrived at Brisbane Airport on Christmas Eve, airports have been a significant part of the celebrations and preparations for the games.”
With 672,000 visitors and 6600 athletes expected to converge on Queensland for the games, airports have played a significant part in bringing together participants from more than 70 countries ahead of tomorrow’s opening ceremony.
Ms Wilkie said Gold Coast Airport – the event’s official airport – had established a dedicated GC2018 Games Lounge, where Games athletes, officials and sponsors can relax and be entertained before traveling to the Athletes Village.
Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville airports have also played a key role in welcoming participants taking part in events held across the state.
“Gold Coast Airport has invested significantly to prepare for the Games and ensure they get off to the best possible start,” Ms Wilkie said.
“Their efforts, together with those of airports across the state, are ensuring the games connects athletes across many locations to celebrate this fantastic event.”
Regional airports also played an important role in the Queen’s baton relay, with the Royal Flying Doctor Service called upon to transport the baton to some regional locations along the route, including Mount Isa and Cloncurry.