THERE was plenty of cause for celebration when Griffith’s new airline took off to Melbourne this morning.
After months of negotiations, the first flight left Griffith at 8am.
Desperate attempts by council to secure a carrier to take on the Griffith to Melbourne route, which Rex dropped due to lack of revenue, has finally paid off with Tasmanian Airline Par Avion taking to the skies above the city today.
Managing director of Par Avion and Airlines Tasmania Shannon Wells said he was excited to announce formal approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the first Griffith to Melbourne (Essendon) flight.
“Two return flights will be operating as of today, the first leaving Griffith at 8am and then 3.30pm, with the return flights departing Essendon at 10am and 5.30pm,” said Mr Wells.
“Initially we will be operating three days per week and are offering a special introductory rate of $169 each way (non-flexible) for flights booked before May 1,” added Mr Wells.
Griffith mayor John Dal Broi said a lot of work had been undertaken to ensure the vital air service was re-introduced.
“I am pleased to have worked with Par Avion and Mr Wells and am looking forward to seeing the first of many flights take off,” said Cr Dal Broi said.
“It is a very happy day for the Griffith community and ensures affordable and frequent travel to Melbourne for businesses, students, medical patients and day trippers alike.”
Bookings can be made on Par Avion’s website – www.paa.com.au –by phoning 1800 017 557, or in person at Travel World Griffith.