12 July 2023

Canberra Airport announces direct flights to Albury

| Ian Bushnell
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A FlyPelican Jetstream 32 aircraft: the airline will operate three flights a week between Canberra and Albury. Photo: FlyPelican.

A new direct air link between Canberra and Albury will open from 28 August, Canberra Airport has announced.

Canberra Airport said regional airline FlyPelican will fly direct from Canberra Airport, with the launch price of flights starting from $179 one-way.

FlyPelican will offer the 45-minute flights three times a week – Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday – for an initial period of six months to January 2024.

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FlyPelican operates a fleet of Jetstream 32 turboprop aircraft with a seating capacity of 19 passengers and two crew.

Canberra Airport said the additional route provided an opportunity to boost the ACT and regional economy, while expanding domestic travel to Albury and the wider Murray River region.

Managing Director Stephen Byron welcomed the new collaboration with Albury Airport.

“We’re excited to connect Canberrans with the Albury region, a truly remarkable regional city sat upon the historic banks of the Murray River, with a vibrant foodie scene, endless outdoor experiences and a thriving arts culture,” he said.

“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.”

Albury Mayor Kylie King said this much-anticipated service represented a significant milestone for the region, creating greater connectivity for residents and visitors alike.

“The Albury-Canberra service will undoubtedly open up countless opportunities for both business and leisure travel,” she said.

“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.”

Ms King said the re-establishment of the route was 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,” she said.

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FlyPelican CEO Marty Hawley said travel between the two cities had never been more accessible.

“Whether for business or leisure, travellers can now experience seamless connectivity, indulge in remarkable landscapes, and immerse themselves in the vibrant culture that defines both cities.”

Brindabella Airlines provided a direct service between the two cities for a number of years from the mid 2000s, but this ended in 2012 when the airline blamed carbon pricing for an expected increase in operating costs but at the time of the cancellation, the route was reported to be performing poorly, averaging only six passengers per flight.

Original Article published by Ian Bushnell on Riotact.

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