First JETGO flight marks new chapter for Wagga Wagga Airport
Published: 14 Feb 2017 9:23am
The sun and sand of Queensland is now less than two hours away for Wagga Wagga residents.
Wagga Wagga Airport welcomed its newest airline JETGO today, with passengers on the maiden flight from Brisbane welcomed by Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM and General Manager Alan Eldridge.
“The City of Wagga Wagga is proud to welcome JETGO to our community,” Cr Conkey said.
“Wagga Wagga is a regional capital and to attract an airline such as JETGO increases the liveability of our city and creates opportunity for local industry.
“It’s fantastic to hear so many people have taken advantage of this new service and I encourage everyone to continue to support it.”
JETGO will initially offer three services a week from Wagga Wagga Airport to Brisbane International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s hoped these services will be increased to seven days a week as demand builds.
The RAAF treated the 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140LR Regional Jet aircraft to a traditional “water salute”.
JETGO Managing Director Paul Bredereck was on board the flight and said “JETGO is thrilled to be able to offer direct jet services between Queensland and one of Australia’s most important inland cities”.
“This service will offer greater connectivity for families, businesses and other services”.
“Since opening up other regional NSW routes between Brisbane and Albury, Dubbo and Tamworth over the last 18 months we have seen a significant increase in visits between families and friends, as well as a significant growth in medical visits where access to medical professionals in Brisbane offered in many cases far more convenient alternatives for people in regional NSW”.
With three carriers now at the airport, Mr Eldridge said the facility’s future is bright.
“Today’s maiden flight marks the next chapter for the airport’s development,” he said.
“The City of Wagga Wagga has incentives in place to attract and help establish new routes and JETGO has been able to take advantage of those.
“It’s encouraging to see the growth at the airport and we are working to ensure it can handle the increased traffic.
“Coupled with planned upgrades to the airport terminal, the facility is set to be a major economic driver for Wagga’s future.”
To buy tickets for the Wagga-Brisbane service, visit www.jetgo.com.