A pilot of the fresh and tasty kind will be underway at the Bundaberg Regional Airport with the launch of the Bundy Bites Café.
The new café will have a focus on showcasing local produce and comes as flight numbers lift and the state's border reopens.
Bundaberg Regional Council will operate the Bundy Bites Café under the pilot program for a trial period.
The café will operate based on demand, in line with flight arrival and departure times.
The menu will include hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, toasties, sweet treats and grab and go items, with local produce to feature heavily.
Bundaberg Airport portfolio spokesperson Cr Greg Barnes said the operation of Bundy Bites would give the airport a boost while the airline industry continues to navigate through the pandemic.
“While there are not enough flights to be able to cater to a full-time commercial operator just yet, our staff at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre are fully equipped to help service the airport cafe as needed,” he said.
“This opportunity will help us to deliver a welcoming experience for those arriving in or departing our beautiful region.
“It will also be a fantastic opportunity to showcase our wonderful local produce to ensure travellers are getting a real taste of Bundy as soon as they step off the plane.”
The café operations coincide with news of Alliance Airlines servicing the region once more under the Queensland State government’s $5 million Domestic Aviation Route Restart Program.
The program is a one-off support package responding to the need to stimulate the domestic travel market and a return of regional airline services.
The airline recently made a proposal to use program funds to support charter flights from Brisbane to Bundaberg as part of a series of Alliance Adventures.
The airline will offer day trips from Brisbane to Lady Musgrave Island in conjunction with Lady Musgrave Experience.
Alliance Airways is the only charter airline available with proven ability to market and successfully operate adventure day trips from Brisbane under COVID restrictions.
Cr Barnes said it was a win for travellers and for local tourism.
“This means more people will be stopping by our region to take in our sights, to use our facilities and to enjoy what we have to offer,” he said.
“It’s a promising step in a positive direction in getting the region and the rest of the state back on track after experiencing restrictions for more than two years.”
The Bundy Bites Café is expected to launch in early 2022.