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July 17, 2017 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

Regional airline JetGo is preparing to launch services to Brisbane and Melbourne from Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park, south of Wollongong, as early as October.

Shellharbour mayor Marianne Saliba said services would start in October, subject to regulatory approval, and would include nine weekly flights to Melbourne’s Essendon Airport (flights taking about 75 minutes) and six weekly flights to Brisbane (flights taking about 95 minutes).

Managing director Paul Brodereck said the airline chose Illawarra Regional Airport (IRA) because it was the only major population centre in Australia without scheduled air services.

JetGo fares on sale yesterday on the airline’s website


Brodereck told the Illawarra Mercury the Gold Coast was another possible destination.

He said the airline had asked the council for an exclusivity period of three years on any route it establishes from Albion Park, to prevent the prospect of working on new routes for a year until breakeven, only to have a competitor come in.

It’s nearly a decade since Qantas halted scheduled service to Melbourne from the Illawarra. That service ran for three years, until July 2008, when Qantas said it was pulling out because of shifting demand and rising fuel costs.

Brodereck said JetGo would expect to invest about AUD 1 million to set up a new route, excluding costs for new aircraft, the Illawarra Mercury reported.

He said JetGo fares on the new routes would typically be between AUD 155 for advance purchase to AUD 355 for travellers who left booking till the last moment.

“More than half the seats on every flight will be available for under AUD 200”, he said. That’s with 23kg of checked luggage.

A look at the company’s website, using sample flights of Wollongong to Brisbane on Sunday 10 December 2017, returning a week later, came to AUD 238 in total. For pax using credit cards, surcharges apply: American Express 3.5%, Diners Club 2.93%, MasterCard or VISA 1.02%.

For many passengers in the region, the cost of land transport and parking will be the clincher. Parking at Sydney Airport is notoriously expensive and catching the train to Sydney domestic terminal costs AUD 22.30  per adult each way from Wollongong. Most of that money is a AUD 13.80 “station access fee” which slugs any traveller who joins or departs trains from either of Sydney Airport’s two stations, both of which are privately owned.

Albion Park will reportedly offer secure parking from AUD 10 per day.

JetGo’s website describes JETGO Australia Holdings Pty Ltd as “a privately owned Australian company that offers a unique portfolio of aviation services as Australia’s only operator of 36 to 50 seat regional jet aircraft”.  It operates Embraer regional jet aircraft.

The airline was established in 2012. Its route network already includes Townsville, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Tamworth, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Melbourne (Essendon). As well as scheduled domestic passenger services in the Eastern states of Australia, JetGo also offers charter services, including fly-in fly-out (FIFO) operations in support of the mining and resources sectors.

Written by Peter Needham

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  1. AgentGerko says:

    Let’s see how long before Qantaslink moves in for the kill. Every time someone tries to make a go of Albion Park, within a few months Qantaslink moves in with a heap of cheap fares and eventually the newcomers pulls out. Qantaslink then makes a show of hanging around for a while but eventually pulls out. So I wish Jetgo every success. They offer a good service on lovely little jets. My only concern is that with a fleet of only four aircraft you’ll be in shtuck if one of their planes has mechanical trouble.

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