Obama welcome, but landing plane could be problem

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman wants US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping to see their country's investments at work in Gladstone.

And the dignitaries haven't ruled the visit out.

City Central Apartment Hotel manager Rick McDonald said the two world leaders would receive a hearty welcome in Gladstone.

He said his establishment had had its share of celebrities and dignitaries in the past.

"And we have been cool calm and collected with them," he said.

"We don't have restaurant facilities but they can cook in most of the apartments, except for studios.

"We don't have a lot of extras to add in except for quality rooms and quality presentation."

Speaking on how the arrival of the world leaders might work, Gladstone Airport CEO Phillip Cash said it could be a bit bumpy.

"The runway (at Gladstone) wouldn't be long enough or handle the weight of Air Force One," he explained.

"The city airport is designed for Boeing 737 800 series aircraft.

"Air Force One is a Boeing 747 which is a big aircraft."



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