Posted on: 08 November 2017 by Kimberley Young
Illawarra Airport in Australia has reintroduced Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) with Australian regional airline JetGo offering regular services to Melbourne and Brisbane.
The airport is based in Shellharbour City, just over an hour drive south of Sydney and aims to provide an alternative to the Sydney basin airports – reducing the time and money spent on travel for residents and visitors to the area.
Services commenced on 30 October and JetGo will initially provide nine return flights per week to Melbourne and six return flights per week to Brisbane.
JetGo was approved to commence RPT services for three years for those route destinations between Illawarra to Melbourne and Brisbane.
The council suggested that the reintroduction of RPT services could facilitate tourism to and from the area, increase jobs and revenue streams to the local economy and stimulate the tourism industry.
Shellharbour City general manager Carey McIntyre said he welcomed the boost the service would bring to the region’s tourism and economy.
“Shellharbour is shaping up as the region’s transport hub, with the new service providing much easier access to our five local government areas including Shellharbour, Wollongong, Kiama, Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands,” McIntyre said.
“The service will be perfect for enhancing access to the Shell Cove Marina and our wider region’s other beautiful attractions.
“To put it in perspective, a resident flying from Illawarra Regional Airport will already be in flight preparing to land in either Melbourne (Essendon) or Brisbane by the time another resident choosing to fly from Sydney motors through the M1 parking lot and finds their gate to board their flight to the same city destinations.
“Life is already filled with stress and time is precious. This is why Shellharbour City Council believes investing in regular passenger flight services for our community is so important.”