Jetgo plans Port Macquarie-Melbourne (Essendon) nonstop service

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 22, 2016
A supplied image of Jetgo jets working charter operations at Essendon Airport in 2014. (Jetgo)
A supplied image of Jetgo jets working charter operations at Essendon Airport in 2014. (Jetgo)

Jetgo is adding a new destination from Melbourne Essendon Airport with flights to Port Macquarie to begin in November.

The regional carrier said the service between Essendon and Port Macquarie on the NSW mid north coast would operate four times a week with Embraer ERJ-135LR jets from November 7. It will be the only nonstop flight linking the two cities.

“We’ve chosen Port Macquarie as our next destination because it is one of the fastest growing markets in New South Wales, with strong links to Melbourne,” Jetgo managing director for airlines Paul Bredereck said in a statement.

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“We can save travellers around two hours on flights to Melbourne because our jets are 50 to 60 per cent faster than the turboprop aircraft that currently service Port Macquarie, and the direct services eliminate the time and inconvenience of changing aircraft in Sydney.”

Currently, Jetgo flies from Essendon to Dubbo in the NSW central west. The airline is currently using a temporary facility at the airport while the main terminal building, which is heritage listed, undergoes a $20 million refurbishment.

“Essendon Airport has constructed us a temporary terminal to accommodate the new services whilst the heritage listed terminal is undergoing a $20M refurbishment,” said Mr Bredereck.

Currently, Essendon Airport, which is a busy charter airport, has regular public transport (RPT) service from Free Spirit Airlines and Sharp Airlines, according to the airport’s website, serving regional centres such as Flinders Island and Merimbula. Alliance Airlines also operates charter flights from the airport.

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Essendon Airport chief executive Chris Cowan said the airport was the “obvious home for regional aviation in Melbourne”.

“Travellers love the ability to park right out front or catch the free shuttle to Essendon station, and being just 10km from the CBD we even have a tram at our front door,” Cowan said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Melbourne will be the fourth destination from Port Macquarie Airport. Virgin Australia has nonstop flights to Sydney and Brisbane and QantasLink flies to Sydney and seasonally to Lord Howe Island.

“Our partnership with JETGO will directly link our community to the second most populous city in Australia, providing a further boost to our regional economy by adding to the range of competitive airline services for business, community members and visitors,” Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor Peter Besseling said.

The airport planned to start a $7.5 million upgrade of the passenger terminal in early 2017. A proposed business park was also in the works at Port Macquarie Airport.

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5 Comments

  • Marc via GC

    says:

    Port Mac seems a strange destination for Melbourne. Byron or Maroochy better option.

  • TrashHauler

    says:

    Mainly due to geography, Adelaide to Port Lincoln is the busiest regional route in Australia. Surely Melbourne – Port Lincoln would make economic sense!

  • Craigy

    says:

    Paul Bredereck has been in the business a long time. I am sure he has done his homework.

  • Beryl Eagles

    says:

    What transport would be available for me to get to Geelong if I flew from Port Macquarie to Essendon Airport. Usually I have todrive to Newcastle Airport and park my car which costs a fair bit of money. Then I get the Gull Bus Shuttle to Geelong.

  • Shirley Aitchison

    says:

    Firstly I am really excited that we will have a direct flight to Melbourne, I only hope it will be affordable as I am retired. All my family are in Melbourne. My daughter lives in Geelong West and most times I have had to get a flight or a long train ride to Sydney then get to a jetstar flight to Avalon, or drive to Newcastle, fly to Melbourne then the Gull Bus to Geelong. Takes all day to get there. I think it will be a tram or train to the city then a train from Southern Cross station to Geelong.

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