Jetgo to start new Albury-Brisbane service

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 28, 2016
A file image of a Jetgo Embraer E-135 regional jet (Tamworth Airport)
A file image of a Jetgo Embraer ERJ-135. (Tamworth Airport)

Regional carrier Jetgo plans to offer nonstop flights between Albury and Brisbane from June 20.

The route will be served four times a week with 36-seat Embraer ERJ-135 jets, with Albury the airline’s third destination in regional NSW alongside Dubbo and Tamworth.

Jetgo managing director for airlines Paul Bredereck said Albury was a market with potential to grow, given its close location to the snow.

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“We can save travellers two hours on flights to Brisbane because our jets are 50 to 60 per cent faster than the turboprop aircraft that currently service Albury and the direct services eliminate the time and inconvenience of changing aircraft in Sydney,” Bredereck said in a statement on Thursday.

“And by flying at up to 38,000ft our passengers experience a far more comfortable journey above the weather and summer turbulence.”

Bredereck expanded on Jetgo’s decision to fly to Albury in a Youtube video posted by the Albury City Council:

https://youtu.be/c11y1BVrHfY

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Currently, QantasLink and Virgin Australia serve Albury from Sydney, while Regional Express offers flights from Melbourne and Sydney.

Albury City Council Mayor Henk van de Ven said the new Jetgo flight would boost the local economy.

“The time savings Jetgo can offer are especially great news for Border businesses trying to grow and expand because they will be better connected and save so much time,” van de Ven said.

Cr van de Ven said a $4.7 million expansion of Albury Airport, which included a second baggage carousel and new mezzanine level, was set to begin in 2017.

Meanwhile, Jetgo said on its Facebook page it planned to start nonstop flights between Canberra and the Gold Coast, with the official announcement to be made in the period ahead.

“Canberra to Gold Coast will be announced as a follow up,” Jetgo said.

Jetgo managing director for airlines Paul Bredereck and Albury City Council Mayer Henk van de Ven. (Albury City Council)
Jetgo managing director for airlines Paul Bredereck and Albury City Council Mayer Henk van de Ven. (Albury City Council)

23 Comments

  • random

    says:

    Finally we have airlines working in the hub-busting space within Australia. The dearth of long/thin regional jet operations in Australia has always surprised me.

    It seemed that Virgin was going to dabble in it with E170s but abandoned the cause.

    State boundaries seem to have long determined (somewhat falsely) the available routes, and whilst government connections often follow state boundaries, family and business connections frequently don’t.

    It’s excellent to see both JetGo and Air North working hard in this space to create routes that the major airlines consider too thin to merit (using extant fleets, or by adding new aircraft types suitable to the task).

    Hopefully they consider other cities and city pairs like Newcastle, Toowoomba/Wellcamp, Canberra, etc

  • John Atkinson

    says:

    wow – this is fantastic.

    I, as a non-business person, would definitely support your service and will hopefully make a booking very soon.

    Well done guys

  • TrashHauler

    says:

    What about Port Lincoln – Melbourne Jetgo? Port Lincoln – Adelaide is Australia’s busiest regional route as far as I know so surely would make sense…

  • Paul Rummery

    says:

    I can see a good market for the proposed Canberra Gold coast direct flight. I know that we will use it. Paul

  • deano

    says:

    The Sunshine Coast would get on board with direct flights to
    Adelaide, Townsville-Cairns, Canberra and Newcastle
    It currently has 8-10 arrivals from Sydney and Melbourne daily (about 1/5 of the Gold Coast)
    I think it was Jetstar that gave Adelaide a go a while back 3-4 times a week but load factors were low, so it was abandoned, however, that was a 180 seat jet, not a 35 seater
    Maroochydore is experiencing double digit growth year after year and is currently Australias fastest growing airport
    Might be worth looking at as a hub….

  • Lynette Wilson

    says:

    Yahoo. How much????

  • Minnie

    says:

    How do I book a flight for August for 4 ladies

  • Cathy

    says:

    Costs please ? 🙂

  • Anne

    says:

    Wow hope this actually happens. We travel now albury Sydney Brisbane then emerald. What a difference it would make to go direct to brissy

  • Di Jamison

    says:

    I would love it if they flew from gold Coast to Albury and how much will it be please?

  • Not me again

    says:

    Albury – Newcastle now that would be something.

  • Chris

    says:

    This new route is great! Hope it is sustainable. I will be utilising the Brisbane – Albury route often.

  • GBRGB

    says:

    I use the Townsville – Rocky service, 50 mins and $300 v 120 mins 1 stop with QF normally around the $500 mark, people should support these alternate routes to provide competition.

  • John Adams

    says:

    special fares appear to be $179 each way, which includes checked baggage & there seems to be quite a few when looked at their website.

    They obviously can’t continue to have too many of these fares, which are obviously loss leaders.

    Sure beats going via bloody awful Sydney (why would anyone want to go anywhere via Sydney ?)

  • Carol Lloyd

    says:

    Fantastic! Well done Jetgo – we’ve been waiting years for an Albury-Brisbane service.

  • glad

    says:

    I’ll definitely be using this service as we have a daughter & family living in Brisbane. Way to go…

  • daniel camilleri

    says:

    This is GREAT !!!! Albury has been waiting for this for a long time!!!! You`ll clean up.. Cruise`s leaving from Brisbane / Gold Coast / Surfers/ and the list go`s on. You be surprised the amount of people that drive to Melbourne or fly to Sydney to get to Brisbane. I’m sure every plane will be full if the price is right. good on you JETGO !!!!

  • Aden O'Keefe-Buckton

    says:

    This is great news for both Jetgo & Albury

  • Sue

    says:

    Sounds great. Just hope the cheaper flights are available

  • kev

    says:

    cost? brisbane 2 albury september 2 ?

  • Marc

    says:

    To get to the Gold Coast, take a train from Bris Airport.

  • Ian wray

    says:

    We use Jetgo Dubbo / Brisbane to visit our children in Brisbane great plane
    Really good service always on time very fair pricing when you consider flying
    Dubbo/Sydney. Sydney/Brisbane.
    You will benefit in Albury from this great Airline.

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