Council, JETGO in talks for Wagga Wagga to Brisbane air service
Published: 30 Aug 2016 11:12am
Riverina residents may be able to fly direct from Wagga Wagga to Brisbane in the near future.
JETGO's 36-seat Embraer ERJ-135LR Regional Jet aircraft can reach speeds of 850km/h, with the Wagga to Brisbane flight taking just 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The City of Wagga Wagga and JETGO have been in discussions about establishing a Brisbane route for a number of months.
"More than 200,000 passengers pass through Wagga Wagga Airport each year and the potential of bringing a direct route to/from Brisbane is exciting for Wagga Wagga and the broader region," Director Commercial and Economic Development James Bolton said.
"The addition of a Brisbane route would be a positive outcome for tourism, visiting friends and relatives as well as improving business links to QLD.
"Council is working with the airline to ensure the proposed service is viable, which may include some concessions while the route is established."
JETGO has proposed an initial schedule of four flights per week, which would boost traffic through the airport by about a thousand passengers a month.
JETGO's Managing Director Airlines Paul Bredereck said Wagga Wagga is the logical next step for the airline following successfully opening up new direct routes from Brisbane to Tamworth, Dubbo and Albury over the past 18 months.
"Wagga Wagga is a very important city with strong links to South East Queensland and this new service would provide stronger business access, better family connectivity and as we have seen from our other NSW destinations better access to medical services," he said.
"The time savings and the superior comfort of the jet has also proven to be extremely popular."
What: JETGO's 36-seat Embraer ERJ-135LR Regional Jet aircraft will land at Wagga Wagga Airport.
When: Tuesday 20 August, 10.15am for media representatives wishing to go airside. Landing is at 10.40am with media opportunity to follow.
Who: Director Commercial and Economic Development James Bolton, JETGO Managing Director Airlines Paul Bredereck
Where: Meet at Wagga Wagga Airport terminal
*RSVP is essential for media wishing to go airside so authorisation can be arranged
IMPORTANT: Airside conditions of entry
Media wishing to go airside to film/photograph the aircraft landing and tour the aircraft must display an authorised Visitor Identification Card (VIC).
Please RSVP with the below details so pre-registration for a VIC can take place. Those without a VIC will be required to stay in the terminal.
Visitor Identification Card pre-registration information
- Attendees will need to sign the VIC declaration paperwork on the day when they are issued their VICs
- Driver's Licence or Passport must be sighted by the issuing officer at the terminal
- High-visibility vest or jackets are required
- Please wear closed toe shoes