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FlyPelican to start Sydney-Taree flights

written by australianaviation.com.au | January 4, 2018

FlyPelican operates Jetstream 32 aircraft. (FlyPelican)
FlyPelican operates Jetstream 32 aircraft. (FlyPelican)

Regional carrier FlyPelican plans to add a third nonstop route out of Sydney with nonstop flights to Taree starting on Monday January 29.

The Sydney-Taree service will be operated with 19-seat Jetstream 32 aircraft and run two times a day, FlyPelican said in a statement. The flight time is one hour, compared with four hours by car between Sydney and Taree.

“We will be pulling out all the stops to mount an operation at the end of January to provide the community with a seamless option to fly to and from Taree with optimum flight times in the morning and evening to support both the business and the leisure markets”, FlyPelican chief executive Paul Graham said.

“There is also potential and capacity to increase the frequency of flights to bring passenger numbers back to where they were.”

FlyPelican passengers can also earn Velocity Frequent Flyer points on selected fares. Currently, the airline serves Mudgee and Newcastle nonstop from Sydney.


The move ensures Taree residents retain air links to Sydney, given Regional Express (Rex) is exiting the route on Saturday January 27.

Rex said it decided to withdraw from Taree, which it serves both nonstop and via Newcastle from Sydney, after being unable to reach an agreement with the Mid Coast Council on airport infrastructure upgrades.

“As Taree to Sydney is a licensed route, Rex has provided more than the required four weeks’ notice to Transport for NSW of its intention to withdraw from the route,” Rex general manager for network strategy and sales Warrick Lodge said.

Passengers with tickets on Rex for travel to Taree beyond January 27 2018 would be offered a full refund.

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Comments (4)

  • Holden


    Always surprised Rex hasn’t moved to connect its geographically disparate networks (Southern states and QLD) through Newcastle-Toowoomba.

    Given Rex’s inaction on this potential route perhaps FlyPelican should consider the it. The Jetstream would be an ideal size at 19 seats, and it’s an entirely untapped route.

  • Jack McNeill


    I love see that a small airline that started 3 years ago with 3 planes expand their fleet to 5 Jetareams 32’s and have multiple destinations served from their hubs at Newcastle and Sydney. Best wishes for the future FlyPelican.

  • Zarg


    Now all we need is for some enterprise (JetGo?) to begin flights Tamworth- Sunshine Coast and points North!

  • Doug


    A little disappointed Pelican’s schedule only give 4 hours FIFO work time in Taree. However, Im pleased to see Rex out of this Sydney Taree route. It was a 3 hour commute going via Newcastle by air for a 4 hour drive. As a business customer, I look forward to seeing earlier Sydney departure 1030 and later Taree departure 1540.

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