Airnorth connects Melbourne and Toowoomba
Mar 14, 2016
Operating from Australia’s newest airport, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Airnorth will provide seven return flights a week to Melbourne in a modern 76-seat Embraer 170 jet.
Airnorth flight DC-3 arrived at Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 4 this morning with 40 VIP passengers on board.
The airline has a long history servicing northern Australia. It started as an aircraft charter service in 1978 and commenced regular public transport services throughout the Northern Territory in the late 1980s.
It is a full-service carrier with around 300,000 passengers a year flying 300 scheduled services to 20 destinations.
Airnorth has formed a corporate alliance with Qantas Airways, which includes the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, electronic ticketing and baggage checks.
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (IATA code: WTB) opened in November 2014 and supports passenger and freight operations to and from the Darling Downs region of southern Queensland. It is Australia’s first privately-built and operated greenfield airport and is located approximately 17 kilometres west of Toowoomba.
Quotes attributable to Lyell Strambi, CEO Melbourne Airport
“It’s great to welcome Airnorth to Melbourne Airport, and we look forward to building a strong relationship with our newest domestic airline partner.”
“Airnorth provides the first direct service between Melbourne and Toowoomba, which is great for all Victorians travelling for business or leisure to and from this diverse and dynamic regional centre in southern Queensland.”
“The capital of the Darling Downs is renowned for its historic architecture, parks and gardens as well as major events such as the Carnival of Flowers. It is also an important centre for education and home to the University of Southern Queensland.
“We’re delighted to have direct air services from Melbourne to another great Australian regional city – and we also look forward to welcoming more visitors from southern Queensland to our city for its many attractions, major events and sporting fixtures.”