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Where is Coolangatta airport?

Old 27th May 2008, 09:43
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Where is Coolangatta airport?

Traveled several times recently from Sydney to the Gold Coast on Qantas. The booking says Gold Coast, the airport monitors say Gold Coast, the boarding announcement is for the Gold Coast. Get seated, fasten seatbelt and just before they close the doors I am reminded on the PA that this flight is going to Coolangatta. What? Am I on the wrong flight? Sh*t, I quickly need to get off this aircraft that I have incorrectly boarded......or do I?

Imagine if I was a tourist, and believe me there are more than a few that travel from Sydney to the Gold Coast, I would believe there was something wrong.

QF flight attendants; it is called Gold Coast airport, it has not been called Coolangatta for many years. Just because it is coded as OOL means nothing. SGN is not called Saigon airport any more. Get with it
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Old 27th May 2008, 09:47
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Geezzz mate who cares! there are bigger things in life to worry about. Run off and have a wank and a beer, something tells me you need it.
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Old 27th May 2008, 09:54
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You don't happen be work in the Gold Coast tower do you? They get quite narky if you call them "Coolie" tower
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Just one or two of them.

Thank heavens it is still the CG VOR!
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Old 27th May 2008, 14:15
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When did they change their callsign? it used to be Coolie twr.

As for the first post by Maisk I agree with him. The tourists must get a bit confused by it. Time for the rat to pick one name for the place and use it.
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Old 27th May 2008, 14:52
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it was Coolangatta when I learnt to fly there in 1970, it was Coolangatta when I flew into it from Sydney 3 times a week during the 1980's and as far as I'm concerned it is still Coolangatta today
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I don't understand the change either

"So you want to go to the Gold Coast do ya? Well here are your options. From Sydney you can catch a connecting flight to Brisbane and then drive south, or you can catch a connecting flight to Coolangatta and drive north."

Not hard.
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Old 27th May 2008, 17:47
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It's not The Gold Coast or Coolangatta, it is "BILINGA", that is the name used in about 1957 when I flew out in a T.A.A.Convair!!
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Old 27th May 2008, 18:04
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SilverScum, you keep self-flagellating yourself: it might help you one day.

For others who are interested: from the Gold Coast Airport website;

www.goldcoastairport.com.au

"Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta is Australia's fastest growing airport and is the 7th busiest airport in Australia. Gold Coast Airport was previously named "Coolangatta Airport" which is an Aboriginal word meaning 'Place of Good View' ".

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"Throughout this time, the Commonwealth Government owned and operated the airport. On the 1st January 1988 ownership was taken over by The Federal Airport's Corporation, a but Government business enterprise. Government policy changes saw the airport privatized on 29 May 1998 with Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) being the successful tenderer and taking the role of Airport Leasing Company. In 1999, QAL changed the company name to Gold Coast Airport Pty Ltd (GCAPL)."

So nine years later and Qantas staff are still calling it Coolangatta airport.

No doubt VERY confusing for tourists.

Check the Jepp charts and you won't find it called Coolangatta Airport anymore nor will it say to call "Coolie TWR". You call them "Gold Coast TWR/GND"

PEK is not called Peking airport anymore and neither is BOM called Bombay. SGN airport stopped calling itself Saigon in 1975 but your ticket will give the IATA code as SGN. It will however, spell 'Ho Chi Minh'.

I would expect there would be some consternation, and a diplomatic fracas, if QF announced on the PA that they had just landed in Saigon.

If you are providing factual, apparently useful, safety information (especially to tourists who have never heard of Coolangatta) on the PA, at least be correct.

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Old 27th May 2008, 18:35
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Jetstar to operate from Osaka to OOL

GOLD COAST WELCOMES DAILY JAPAN SERVICE

JETSTAR will be the latest low cost international carrier to fly into Gold Coast Airport
following the official announcement of the Gold Coast - Japan service today.
From 1 October 2008 Jetstar will change it’s current daily Sydney-Osaka-Brisbane service to
operate via the Gold Coast in lieu of Brisbane.
The change in services will allow for access from both the Gold Coast and Sydney, with the
carrier introducing an Osaka-Gold Coast* daily service in addition to a five times weekly A330-
200 tag service from Sydney. (*flights subject to regulatory approval)
The announcement confirms the Gold Coast’s continued advancement as a leading destination
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industry in both Australia and Japan.
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer, Paul Donovan said the announcement was
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“This announcement is a logical step forward for the region in light of recent figures showing
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only provide additional low-cost services for international travelers, but also give locals yet
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“The terminal expansion currently underway, which will include international facilities
targeted directly to the low-cost carriers for fast turnarounds, was an alluring prospect for
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Gold Coast Tourism spokesperson Ben Pole said the announcement would be a boost for the
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ENDS
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Old 27th May 2008, 22:23
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More to come

Standby for the rename of Maroochydore Airport to "Sunshine Coast" to match this now established stupid convention.

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Old 27th May 2008, 23:00
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I agree with silver, go get a life you twit, who cares is right.....
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Old 27th May 2008, 23:08
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Slugfest, I thought that had already happened.
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GB,

Offically, it is known as "Maroochydore/Sunshine Coast" where as the other place is called "Gold Coast".

Coolie Tower is no more is it "Gold Coast Tower" and "Gold Coast Ground"

"Maroochy Tower" and "Maroochy Ground" are still in situ but the name change will alter this.

Lots of work for lots of people to change this believe it or not.

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All of the above is why I still love calling them Cooly.

Anyone who gets hung up on such things deserves a good tease.
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Old 28th May 2008, 00:26
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BN APP 125.6,

The Navaid identifier cetainly helps lesdyxics like me, but it must confuse non-regular pilots into Cooly/Gold Coast.
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Old 28th May 2008, 00:44
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Even more fun clearing a VFR pilot direct gold coast especially from the west.
The sector south of CG is called GOLDCOAST and was for years before the airport name change. This doesn't cause any confusion when you have 2 hot lines open.
YMML is/was actually Tullamarine.
YSSY is/was actually Mascot.

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Old 28th May 2008, 03:41
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The Navaid identifier cetainly helps lesdyxics like me, but it must confuse non-regular pilots into Cooly/Gold Coast.
For certain. I once did a sector where we sent pretty much everyone direct Cooly. Some hallway creeper renames the joint Gold Coast but does not change the designator or the VOR. So, suddenly we are clearing dudes direct to Gold Coast but all the lettering remained as per Cooly. A Reach crew blundered along one evening heading 360 for a number of miles then pipe up 'Ummmm, where is Gold Coast?' I tell them 'Charlie Golf'. 'Oh', comes the reply, 'Shouldn't it be Golf Charlie?'. Very good point Then again in all thing Airservices write down what you think is right and do the complete opposite.
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I always refer to the VOR as "Coast - Gold" to get over this problem!
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Old 28th May 2008, 04:45
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In reagrds to Maroochydore/Sunshine Coast, I think you'll find that steps are underway to drop the Maroochydore.
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