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29 January 2021

The travel time between the Hunter Region and Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast is set to grow shorter after Fly Pelican announced today they will launch a weekly service from 4 February to the Mid-North Coast town.

The new service will fly on Thursdays with fares starting at $85, one way. The announcement comes on the back of Fly Pelican’s successful launch of a 3 x weekly service to the Sunshine Coast earlier this month.

Speaking today, Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock said the continued support of the region was behind the recent addition of several new services.

“What we’ve seen over the last 12 months is strong, ongoing demand for air travel to and from our catchment which has consistently been higher than the rest of the nation,” he said.

“I think it’s not only a sign that our regional economy is very resilient, but also that people are comfortable using our airport for domestic travel.

“Newcastle Airport offers a stress free, non-congested, Covid-safe environment that gives our customers peace of mind and quick connections to where they want to go.”

Also speaking today, Fly Pelican CEO Marty Hawley echoed Dr Cock’s words, saying the continued expansion of his airline’s network was a direct result of the ongoing vote of confidence from the region.  

“Despite all the hurdles that the pandemic has thrown up, we’ve continually found strong demand for inexpensive, convenient travel from our region. We’re hopeful the addition of this quick flight to Port Macquarie continues that trend.”

Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor, Peta Pinson was delighted to see Fly Pelican build on the success of the Port Macquarie to Canberra service.

“This is a wonderful new service for our community, providing yet another opportunity for us to spread our wings and travel locally within our beautiful country,” Mayor Pinson said.

“Local getaways are becoming increasingly popular, and we look forward to welcoming and showcasing our region to even more visitors from Newcastle.”

Key Facts

Start Date: Thursday 4th February

Frequency: 1 return service per week

Flight time: 30 mins

Aircraft: Jetstream 32

Fares: Starting fare $85 one way, includes 20kg checked luggage

Bookings: flypelican.com.au or through your local travel agent

Customer Service: 02 4965 0111

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