Sunshine Coast Airport today welcomed news that Fly Pelican will commence direct flights to Newcastle from 4 January.
The three-times-a-week seasonal service will operate from January until the end of March, to make the most of the summer months and has been secured with support of the Queensland Government’s $15 million Aviation Recovery Fund.
Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie said he expected Newcastle will be a popular destination for locals looking to explore new horizons.
“This new service provides access to not only the vibrant city of Newcastle, but the beautiful coastline of Port Stephens and the amazing food and wine of the Hunter Valley,” Mr Brodie said.
“It will also provide a very welcome boost to local Sunshine Coast tourism operators, opening up a whole new visitor market just in time for the summer holidays.
“We’re really proud to work with the Queensland Government, Visit Sunshine Coast, Tourism Noosa and our airline partners to build three new destinations in what is a very difficult environment for aviation, and am delighted to welcome Fly Pelican to the Coast.”
Fly Pelican CEO Marty Hawley said the airline was looking forward to connecting two world-class visitor destinations over the summer months.
“It is really exciting to launch this new service, linking the Sunshine Coast to Newcastle for the first time ever,” Mr Hawley said.
“We look forward to welcoming Sunshine Coast residents on board our 19 seat Jetstream turbo prop, which is all part of the Fly Pelican experience.
“We encourage locals at both ends to explore a beautiful part of Australia, support the service and help make it a long-term proposition.”
Visit Sunshine Coast Industry & Membership Development Manager Andrew Fairbairn said this announcement would provide a boost for local operators.
“The confidence that Fly Pelican have shown in our region is very encouraging. This seasonal service opens the Sunshine Coast up to a new market with direct connectivity for Newcastle visitors,” Mr Fairbairn said.
Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson said more connections to new destinations created further awareness and visitation for Noosa and its tourism.
“Newcastle and Noosa have a synergy with beautiful beaches, a great dining scene and lots to explore on our doorstep, so I have no doubt the route will be a success and we look forward to welcoming new guests and reconnecting with repeat visitors”, Ms Anderson said.
The service will operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ticket prices start from $199 one-way between Sunshine Coast and Newcastle, tickets go on sale today at flypelican.com.au or through travel agents.