Sydney airport can't handle all WYD visitors, Pell says

With up to 120,000 overseas pilgrims expected for World Youth Day next year, there will be "just too many to come into Sydney", Cardinal George Pell said yesterday, adding that many pilgrims will need to fly into other east coast ports.

Cardinal Pell made the comments as Qantas announced that it has been appointed as official airline for World Youth Day.

The cardinal added that Qantas will have to run extra flights to cope with the increased demand for the event.

"With 120,000 pilgrims coming on top of the normal travel that's just too many people to come into Sydney so they'll have to fly in from overseas to different spots, mainly up and down the East Coast," he said.

According to a statement by WYD coordinators, Qantas is the first major corporate partner to join the event.

"We are very pleased Qantas has agreed to support World Youth Day 2008," Cardinal Pell said.

"Qantas is not only an iconic company in Australia - it is also very highly regarded and recognised worldwide."

In March, the Federal Government announced all registered pilgrims would receive a minimum three-month visa - free of Government charges - enabling them to see more of Australia while here for World Youth Day.

Also last month Telstra chief Sol Trujillo announced that Telstra have signed a letter of intent with WYD organisers to provide phone and other communications services for World Youth Day.


SOURCE
World Youth Day Sydney welcomes Qantas as Official Airline Partner (WYD Media Release, 1//07)
Qantas will be official airline for World Youth Day (ABC News, 1/5/07)

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