2018 is off to a flying start, with Newcastle Airport and FlyPelican announcing direct jet services between Newcastle and Adelaide from March 2018.
FlyPelican is offering the two-hour direct service three times per week from Newcastle on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with the potential to add more flights if demand is strong. The Flying Fokker jet aircraft seats 80 or 100 passengers and offers in-flight catering and no charge for checked baggage allowance.
Newcastle Airport, the gateway to the region, now connects with nine domestic destinations and onwards internationally to over 65 locations in just one stop.
With fares from just $249.00 (inclusive of taxes), Newcastle Airport’s CEO, Peter Cock said this direct route is the smart choice for travel to Adelaide.
“By connecting people and places, our new route will grow inbound and outbound tourism, create opportunities for businesses, and provide easy links for travellers; a quick, direct two-hour flight provides a smarter choice, and will reduce return travel time by up to 8 hours,” Peter said.
“Community demand for the Adelaide route has been very strong and we are thrilled to be working with FlyPelican and Adelaide Airport to deliver this direct service to passengers. This is another step for us in creating the airport the region deserves.”
FlyPelican is Newcastle’s local airline with its headquarters based at Newcastle Airport.
FlyPelican operates up to 110 scheduled flights per week with services from Newcastle to Canberra, Sydney, Dubbo, Ballina (Byron Bay) and through to Mudgee and Taree.
CEO of FlyPelican, Paul Graham said the business is proud to provide the additional direct route to Adelaide for local travellers.
“As Newcastle’s local airline, it is important to us to provide services the community needs,” Paul said.
“We are proud and excited to expand our network and give travellers greater choice with the new Adelaide direct route.”
IMAGE | Newcastle Airport CEO Peter Cock, FlyPelican CEO Paul Graham, Lord Mayor Newcastle Nuatali Nelmes, Mayor Port Stephens Council Ryan Palmer, Newcastle Airport Chairman Peter Gesling
Newcastle Airport is a significant gateway into NSW and the Hunter. As a major transport hub it is critical to economic and social infrastructure and its planned and managed growth has helped underpin the continued prosperity of the Hunter.