Newcastle Airport will launch a new direct service between Canberra and Newcastle next month.
The service, to be operated by Canberra-based airline Link Airways, will commence Friday, 20 November, with flights expected to land within 60 minutes of take-off.
Offering four return flights per week, Newcastle Airport Chief Executive Dr Peter Cock says he hoped to build up to 11 return services per week in 2021.
“At a time when we can see some hope on the horizon for the aviation industry, this is great news for both regions,” he said.
“Our airport is surrounded by the largest regional economy in the country with a catchment that has a high propensity to travel.
“The ACT is also on a strong growth trajectory, so it’s not surprising that we now have two airlines servicing this route as we do to other major capitals.
“We look forward to working with Link Airways and all of our partner airlines to re-build connections between our region and the rest of the country in the coming weeks and months.”
Link Airways Chief Executive Andrew Major said the airline was looking forward to enhancing the connectivity of the two cities.
“We receive numerous approaches from parties that travel regularly between Canberra and Newcastle seeking additional capacity and a larger range of fares on the route,” he said.
“The Saab 340B Plus aircraft with full inflight cabin service will significantly enhance the offering”.
Link Airways standard inflight offering includes hot and cold beverages and premium snacks with complimentary beer/wine available on all afternoon and evening services.
All-inclusive Deal fares are available now from $149 one-way and can be booked through linkairways.com or via travel agents.