JETGO launches flights from Albury to Brisbane
Albury Airport will welcome a new airline, JETGO, which will fly jet aircraft between Albury and Brisbane.
JETGO passengers will save more than two hours on flights to Brisbane courtesy of 850km/h 36-seat Embraer ERJ-135LR Regional Jet aircraft.
JETGO will offer direct flights from Albury to Brisbane with a flight time of one hour and 35 minutes.
Tickets are now on sale for JETGO's flights, which are proposed to start on 20 June subject to final regulatory approval. Flights will initially be on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, but JETGO hope to increase services to seven days a week as demand builds.
AlburyCity Mayor Henk van de Ven welcomed JETGO to Albury Airport and said the Border was proud to be its latest destination.
"This is great news for Albury, the airport and for our whole region," Cr van de Ven said. "Albury Airport links us to the world and helps to show that the Border is a great place to live, visit and do business."
JETGO's Managing Director Airlines Paul Bredereck said its website would feature special launch offers and fares would continue to be competitive.
"We've chosen Albury as our next destination because it has a market with potential to grow and because it is a gateway to the snowfields," he said. "We can save travellers two hours on flights to Brisbane because our jets are 50 to 60 per cent faster than the turboprop aircraft that currently service Albury and the direct services eliminate the time and inconvenience of changing aircraft in Sydney. And by flying at up to 38,000 feet our passengers experience a far more comfortable journey above the weather and summer turbulence," Mr Bredereck said.
Cr van de Ven said JETGO's arrival coincided with a $4.7M upgrade of Albury Airport, which would start in early 2017 and allow the airport to expand its arrivals areas, add a second baggage carousel, extend the departures area and build a mezzanine level for meeting rooms.
"We value our existing airlines, we work very closely with all our partners and will continue to do so, helping all our partners to grow passenger numbers over next few years," he said. "We estimate that JETGO's arrival in Albury could potentially contribute an additional $5.5M to our economy a year."
"The time savings JETGO can offer are especially great news for Border businesses trying to grow and expand because they will be better connected and save so much time. For Border residents, this increases the chances of people being able to have a holiday in Queensland. For Queenslanders, this will make it easier to get to our region's snow fields."
Cr van de Ven said having four airlines flying in and out of Albury Airport confirmed Albury's liveability and appeal to people thinking of relocating from Melbourne and Sydney under the Evocities program.