Commuter airline FlyPelican is set to start flying scheduled passenger services to Cobar in far western New South Wales from late next month.
It’s been a while since Cobar has seen scheduled passenger flights. Regional Express (REX) used to fly in from Dubbo under its Airlink brand but finished up in late 2017. There was just one passenger on that last flight – perhaps explaining while REX pulled out of the town.
But FlyPelican has reached a deal with the NSW Government to restart services.
Never heard of FlyPelican? They are a small Newcastle based airline operating a fleet of 19 seat Jetstream 32 planes. They fly scheduled services between Newcastle and Canberra, Newcastle and Dubbo, Newcastle and Ballina, Newcastle and Sydney, Canberra and Dubbo. Sydney and Mudgee, Sydney and Taree, and now they are adding Cobar to their tight little route network.
There will be five return services a week using the Jetstream 32 aircraft. Three of those services will be direct from Sydney and two will fly from Dubbo. Those Dubbo flights aren’t an entirely bad idea. You can fly direct from Dubbo to Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, and Melbourne. Quite the little hub out there at Dubbo Airport.
FlyPelican’s Cobar flights will commence on September 24, 2019.
And FlyPelican is getting on the local fares bandwagon (doubtless a condition of its deal with NSW Government). Six seats on each flight will be avaliable to residents of Cobar and surrounding areas at subsidised rates. Twenty four hours prior departure all remaining seats will be released for sale at the local fare price.
We’ve included a couple of screenshots to show the range of fares available on both Cobar-Sydney and Cobar-Dubbo sectors.
The flight schedule for FlyPelican’s Cobar flights is as follows;
|Dep Sydney (SYD)||FP282||Tu||10:45|
|Arr Cobar (CAZ)||12:25|
|Dep Cobar (CAZ)||FP823||Tu||13:20|
|Arr Sydney (SYD)||15:00|
|Dep Sydney (SYD)||FP282||We||09:30|
|Arr Cobar (CAZ)||11:10|
|Dep Cobar (CAZ)||FP823||We||14:05|
|Arr Sydney (SYD)||15:45|
|Dep Sydney (SYD)||FP282||Fr||11:30|
|Arr Cobar (CAZ)||13:10|
|Dep Cobar (CAZ)||FP823||Fr||14:30|
|Arr Sydney (SYD)||16:10|
|Dep Dubbo (DBO)||FP682||Mo, Th||09:55|
|Arr Cobar (CAZ)||10:50|
|Dep Cobar (CAZ)||FP863||Mo, Th||14:05|
|Arr Dubbo (DBO)||15:00|
Bookings can be made at www.flypelican.com.au