Thursday 28 May 2015
A short telephone survey aimed at building a better understanding of the community’s outbound air travel needs will be rolled out in the South East.
The survey, an initiative of Bega Valley Shire Council, will be conducted by independent aviation specialists, Three Consulting, starting on Monday 1 June.
Council’s Group Manager of Strategy and Business Services, Lucas Scarpin said that air services play an important role in regional economic development through the local tourism industry and via connections with other business centres.
“Demonstrating a demand for air travel is a key requirement in proving business cases to airlines for the commencement or expansion of services,” he said.
“We have worked with the consultant in designing a survey to better understand aviation travel patterns and behaviours of organisations using Merimbula Airport.
“Randomly selected residents within the catchment area will receive a telephone call from Three Consulting asking them to take part in the survey.
“We are using a sample size of 500 people from a catchment area that stretches from Narooma to south of Mallacoota and west to the Nimmitabel area.
“We are also conducting a Corporate Travel Research Program to specifically understand the aviation travel patterns and behaviours of 100 businesses within the Merimbula airport catchment area.
“Both surveys will take only a few minutes and will really help us build a better picture of who uses Merimbula airport and for what purposes,” Mr Scarpin said.
Randomly selected resident phone surveys conducted by Three Consulting will commence from Monday 1 June 2015.