FlyPelican has announced it will launch twice-weekly return flights between Canberra and Port Macquarie in NSW from 1 November.
The news comes shortly after Australian Aviation reported that the ACT will see new flights to Hobart, Cairns and Byron Bay.
The route will initially operate every Thursday and Sunday afternoon, and is the third destination offered by FlyPelican from Canberra.
Port Macquarie-Hastings mayor Peta Pinson said, “The new services demonstrate Fly Pelican’s confidence in our growing community and recovery from COVID-19.
“Direct services to our nation’s capital will provide an exciting addition to the airline services available at Port Macquarie Airport, and will further promote our region as a leading business and tourism destination on the NSW mid north coast.”
Earlier this week, Link Airways announced it would launch a new route between Canberra and Hobart on 3 December – if Tasmania sticks to its plan to open borders on 1 December.
The airline has also revealed it has the potential to launch the service earlier, following hints by Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein that movement restrictions could be relaxed in at the end of October.
The announcement was more good news for ACT residents after Alliance said it would launch a twice-weekly service between Canberra, the Sunshine Coast and Cairns from 23 October; and FlyPelican itself announced an extension of its new service to Byron Bay.
FlyPelican is based at Newcastle Airport and has a fleet of British Aerospace Jetstream 32 aircraft.
The airline operates services from Newcastle, Cobar, Canberra, Sydney, Dubbo, Ballina (Byron Bay), Mudgee and Taree.