They are finally here! After much anticipation, direct flights between Griffith and Melbourne will be commencing in July.
Sharp Airlines has partnered with Australian regional airline investment and marketing specialist EastWest Aviation in developing the Melbourne to Griffith service.
There will be 12 weekly services between Griffith and Essendon, Melbourne, providing over 11,000 seats a year.
Griffith City Council mayor John Dal Broi said he was pleased the flights will commence shortly, expected from Monday July 15.
"This is an important new service that will benefit the residents of Griffith and surrounding regions. Longevity of this service is dependent on patronage and I encourage businesses and the community to support it," Cr Dal Broi said.
Griffith City Council transport committee chairman Councillor Simon Croce said the return of Melbourne flights was excellent news for Griffith.
"This is an essential transport link for a regional city," Cr Croce said.
"Sharp Airlines will commence daily return flights between Griffith and Melbourne from Monday 15 July 2019," Sharp Airlines managing director Malcolm Sharp said.
"The Metroliner 23 aircraft seats 19 passengers in comfort, with a flight time of just one hour between Griffith and Melbourne," Mr Sharp said.
"There is also potential and capacity to increase the frequency of flights if sufficient demand for additional flights becomes evident."
Leeton Shire Council was invited by the Griffith Business Chamber to recent discussions with the managing director of East-West Airlines.
The meeting raised the potential for the Griffith-Melbourne flight service to also be linked to the Narrandera/Leeton Airport.
It is yet to be confirmed if this will be included in the new service.
For schedule information visit www.sharpairlines.com.au or www.eastwestairlines.com.au.
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