FlyPelican is launching a route from Canberra to Albury on the NSW/Victoria border.
The NSW-based regional airline will operate three flights per week starting 29 August for an initial period of six months with a service every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
“We’re excited to connect Canberrans with the Albury region,” said Canberra Airport’s managing director, Stephen Byron.
“Canberra is more connected than ever, with the announcement of this new route marking our 13th domestic destination and our second service with FlyPelican, who’ve been a long term partner of Canberra Airport.”
Kylie King, Mayor of Albury, said the “much-anticipated” service will create more connectivity for both residents and visitors to the city.
“The Albury–Canberra service will undoubtedly open up countless opportunities for both business and leisure travel. Our vibrant region is home to a multitude of thriving industries, and this new service will facilitate smoother connections between Albury and the nation’s capital, promoting economic growth and promoting new partnerships.
“The re-establishment of this crucial route is a testament to the tireless efforts of the Albury Airport team, working hand-in-hand with Canberra Airport and FlyPelican to make it a reality. Their commitment to enhancing regional connectivity and responding to the needs of our community is truly commendable.”
FlyPelican recently announced a new cadetship program in partnership with Inbound Aviation, which will take on its first cadets in late August. The move comes amid a broader skills shortage in the aviation sector, which has seen airlines like Rex cut regional routes due to a lack of available talent, while Bonza has cancelled flights after mechanical issues prevented pilot training.
“This cadetship provides a unique opportunity taking cadets from zero flight experience to the right-hand seat of a high-performance, multi-crew airline environment, undertaking multi-faceted roles with the only local Newcastle-based airline,” said FlyPelican executive Henry Murcott.