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Thursday, 19 November 2020

Link Airways will launch its first Newcastle – Canberra service tomorrow, Friday 20 November, with the first inbound flight arriving at 7.30am and departing again for the Nation’s Capital at 8am.

The service will be operated by Canberra based airline Link Airways who will fly a 34-seater Saab 340B Plus aircraft with a flight time of just 60-minutes to the ACT.

Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock says the new service will offer the region greater choice and flexibility at a time when the skies are re-opening to leisure and business travellers.

“On the back of interstate borders re-opening this new service is great news for both regions,” he said. 

“Newcastle Airport is surrounded by a community that is very keen to travel and we see our job as helping to facilitate that demand.

“We’ve already seen strong demand into Brisbane and Gold Coast recently and the forecast numbers for Melbourne next week are very robust.

“We think travel between Newcastle and the ACT is also on a strong growth trajectory, so it’s not surprising to see further frequency and diversity of product on this route.

“We look forward to working with Link Airways and all of our partner airlines to re-build connections between the Hunter and the rest of the country in the coming weeks and months.”

Also speaking today, Link Airways Chief Operating Officer Andrew Webb said the 60-minute flight time would prove ideal for all types of travellers.

“This service will suit passengers from Canberra and Newcastle looking to spend a full business day at their destination and return home that same afternoon. It will also offer the opportunity for weekend and short breaks.

“The Saab 340B Plus aircraft with full inflight cabin service will significantly enhance the offering on this route. Link Airways standard inflight offering includes hot and cold beverages and premium snacks with complimentary beer/wine available on all afternoon and evening services.”

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