Council sets sights high on Qantas academy

Cessnock City Council will make a submission to host a Qantas pilot training academy at the Cessnock Aerodrome.
Cessnock City Council will make a submission to host a Qantas pilot training academy at the Cessnock Aerodrome.  

The NSW Government’s Office of Regional Development is seeking expressions of interest from councils across the state and Cessnock City Council wants to be at the top of the list.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said this is an exciting opportunity as Cessnock Aerodrome has capacity and potential to host the academy.  

“This is an ideal opportunity for the growth and development of Cessnock Aerodrome. Attracting the academy would lead to improved infrastructure, provide employment and once again show Cessnock is ready to do business.”  

“We will be putting together a very strong submission and look forward to showcasing the Cessnock Aerodrome and all our local government area has to offer.”  

The Qantas Group plan to have the academy up and running in 2019 with an initial intake of 100 student pilots. The student intake may eventually increase up to 500 pilots a year, on a fee-for-service basis, depending on demand.