REGIONAL carrier Fly Corporate will introduce services from Melbourne and Brisbane to the inland city of Dubbo, increasing direct links to the NSW Central West after the collapse of JetGo.
The airline has announced six weekly services from Brisbane to Dubbo starting 07 Aug, and twice weekly flights from Melbourne’s Essendon Airport from 28 Sep.
The flights will be operated by Fly Corporate’s 34-seat Saab 340B Plus aircraft, and join other services in the airline’s network to points including Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Inverell, Moree, Orange, Narrabri and Tamworth.
Fly Corporate ceo Andrew Major said the flights would provide a convenient and cost-effective alternative to flights via Sydney.
He said Melbourne’s Essendon Airport had been chosen for its “close proximity to the Melbourne CBD, lack of airport congestion and economical car parking options”.
The new services follow the suspension of flights by regional counterpart JetGo, which went into voluntary administration last month (TD 04 Jun).
JetGo had operated Embraer jets on regional routes including Brisbane-Dubbo, and was the subject of legal action by Dubbo Regional Council over unpaid debts of $270,000.