Shellharbour Council has entered into a three year agreement with JETGO, a privately owned regional airline operator based in Brisbane, to provide the scheduled services.
Initially, there will be nine return flights per week to Melbourne, and six return flights per week to Brisbane.
A 44 seat Embraer jet aircraft will offer flight times of 75 minutes to Essendon Airport and 95 minutes to Brisbane, which compares very favourably when travel time to Sydney is factored in.
“Fares will be competitive with Qantas and Virgin, starting from $155 one way to both Brisbane and Melbourne, with more than half of all seats available for under $200,” JETGO’s Managing Director Paul Bredereck said.
He went on to say refreshments are included in the ticket price, and special launch deals will be offered.
Since commencing operations in May 2012, the airline has opened up new point to point regional jet services on routes in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.