Regional carrier Airnorth is adding a third destination from Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport with a new nonstop service to Townsville.
The three times a week Wellcamp-Townsville flights kick off on November 28 with 76-seat Embraer E170 jets and adds to Airnorth’s existing flights to Melbourne and Cairns from Australia’s newest airport.
Wellcamp general manager Phil Gregory said the new flights meant travellers from the local community had a one-stop option to a number of international destinations from Townsville, as well as to Darwin, which had service to various Asian cities.
“This just gives our community more options for a long weekend away in Townsville and Darwin or an international holiday,” Gregory said in a statement on Friday.
Similar to Airnorth’s service to Cairns and Melbourne, Qantas would place its QF airline code on the airline’s Townsville flight, Wellcamp Airport said.
Airnorth chief executive Daniel Bowden said the new Townsville flights would benefit both business and leisure travellers.
“The support and interest from the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region for the current Cairns and Melbourne services has been extremely encouraging and the demand for additional quality airline services to destinations like Townsville and onward to Darwin just continues to grow,” Bowden said.
The airport said the addition of Airnorth’s Townsville flights would bring to 72 the number of regular public transport (RPT) flights into and out of the airport each week, representing about 250,000 seats a year.
QantasLink and Regional Express also serve Wellcamp.