DESTINATION: MELBOURNE AND CAIRNS - Wellcamp Airport announces two new routes
24 December 2015
Australia’s newest airport will further open up the sky with two new domestic routes. Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport will have 10 direct return flights to Melbourne and Cairns from 14 March 2016.
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport general manager Mr Phil Gregory said the announcement was an early Christmas present for the local Toowoomba community.
“Airnorth is the leading airline provider in northern Australia and we are delighted to welcome them on board.
"We are extremely excited to be able to offer our customers direct return flights to two of Australia’s premier travel destinations,” said Mr Gregory.
Airnorth will operate seven weekly return flights to Melbourne and three return flights to Cairns. The new routes equate to an additional 1520 seats a week out of Wellcamp and will be serviced by a modern fleet of Embraer E170 jets.
Mr Gregory said he expected the new routes would be as popular as the initial Sydney service, which started just over a year ago.
“We have had overwhelming support from within our region and we can now offer weekday and weekend getaways to three of Australia’s most popular destinations.
“We are also confident we will continue the growth of the Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) market as more people will have direct access into the region,” Mr Gregory said.
The Melbourne service will be Airnorth’s first southern route, having already carved a niche as Northern Australia’s premier airline.
Once the services start, more than 200,000 seats will be available from Wellcamp to a variety of destinations.
Bookings details for the new services will be announced in early 2016.
For further details:
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport Media and Communications manager
Tel: 0416 121 777
Airnorth operates the world’s most sophisticated regional jet aircraft into some of the world’s most challenging environments. Currently the airline carries over 300,000 passengers annually; employs over 220  staff in Darwin and directly contracts a similar number across their network of ports.
The company, owned by Bristow Helicopters Australia Pty Ltd, operates over 200 scheduled RPT and charter departures weekly, servicing over 24 destinations across four countries. Including Darwin, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Elcho Island, Gove [Nhulunbuy], Groote Eylandt and McArthur River in the Northern Territory, Kununurra, Broome, Port Hedland, Karratha and Perth in Western Australia, Townsville, Cairns in Queensland and Dili in Timor-Leste.
The Embraer E170 Jet carries a capacity of 76 passengers and has a crew of four [two pilots and two cabin attendants] a galley and two toilets.
The configuration is two seats on either side of the aisle and full service catering is provided free of charge during the flight.
- Length: 36.24m
- Height: 10.57m
- Wing span: 28.72m
- Maximum cruise speed: 820 kms per hour
- Maximum cruising altitude: 41,000 feet