Media Release 21.12.2018

Airport seeks new Adelaide option

Friday, 21 December 2018

Newcastle Airport has thanked local airline FlyPelican for its efforts in providing the region with a direct link to Adelaide since March this year. The Airport was advised by FlyPelican that it would not continue to provide services to Adelaide from 26 April 2019.

Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock, said that while it was disappointing that the venture did not prove viable for FlyPelican, the Airport was currently in discussions with national carriers.

“Strong passenger numbers on that route and clear increase in demand from the Hunter’s community for better air travel options, provide a sound business case for other carriers to consider that route,” Dr Cock said.

“Our team is currently working with a number of carriers that can meet the longer term needs of passengers choosing to fly into and out of the Hunter,” he said.

In November, the Airport reported higher passenger numbers 2.5% up on the previous year, with more than 114,082 (Nov 18 pax figures) people choosing to fly through Newcastle. 

“The Adelaide route has been a good addition to flight options from Newcastle Airport and we believe that it continues to hold significant appeal to other carriers,” Dr Cock said.

FlyPelican has advised Newcastle Airport that it will continue to provide flights to Dubbo, Canberra and Ballina from Newcastle. FlyPelican is also working directly with passengers who have booked flights post 26 April 2019. 

Since the route began, over 10,000 passengers took advantage of up to four direct flights each week.

FlyPelican’s CEO Paul Graham reiterated FlyPelican’s commitment to Newcastle and the Hunter. 

“As a regional carrier, we have always been prepared to make brave decisions and play a leadership role in our community,” he said.

“The direct service between Newcastle and Adelaide was a perfect example and enabled us to provide a valued service to many thousands of people.”

“We would like to thank Newcastle Airport for partnering with us on this project and we look forward to continuing to work with them across our broad network of regional routes.”

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