Air Link Heading Back To Bourke

air-link-dubbo Photo: YSSY guy via Wikimedia Commons.

Air Link is heading back to Bourke, resuming services to the iconic outback town. It’s been twelve years between drinks for Bourke locals, with the last regular passenger services withdrawing in 2007. In addition to Bourke, flights are resuming to Walgett and Lightning Ridge.

Dubbo based Air Link has been around since 1971. For much of the 2000’s, the airline was owned by Regional Express, operating as a subsidiary and providing a feeder service for REX’s Dubbo flights. But regular Air Link passenger services have been wound back over the years until Air Link was operating almost exclusively as a charter and air taxi service.

Last year, REX sold Air Link to Aviation Logistics, a new G.M. was appointed, and it seems Air Link is keen to get back into the regular public transport business.

The new flights are being financially supported by the NSW Government to the tune of $8 million dollars. They’ve done a similar deal with AirPelican to resume services to Cobar. It’s good to see the State Government, often accused of being Sydney centric, get behind public transport that reaches into the most far flung towns.

Air Link will send its seven seat Piper Chieftain planes to Bourke and back on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Walgett flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Lightning Ridge flights will operate via Lightning Ridge on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All flights will originate and wind up in Dubbo. The flights are timed to allow connections through to Sydney on either REX or Qantas.

These flights will commence November 4, 2019.

Connections to Newcastle, Canberra, Broken Hill, Melbourne, and Brisbane are also available from Dubbo.

The Air Link western NSW flight schedule is as follows;


Flight NoFrequencyTimes
Dep Dubbo (DBO)AL300Mo, We08:30
Arr Bourke (BRK)

09:50
Dep Bourke (BRK)AL301Mo, We15:00
Arr Dubbo(DBO

16:20
Dep Dubbo (DBO)AL302Fr13:40
Arr Bourke (BRK)

15:00
Dep Bourke (BRK)AL303Fr16:30
Arr Dubbo(DBO

17:40




Dep Dubbo (DBO)AL340Fr08:30
Arr Walgett (WGE)

09:30
Dep Walgett (WGE)AL341Fr12:10
Arr Dubbo (DBO)

13:10




Dep Dubbo (DBO)AL340Tu, Th08:30
Arr Walgett (WGE)

09:30
Dep Walgett (WGE)

10:00
Arr Lightning Ridge (LHG)

10:25
Dep Lightning Ridge (LHG)

14:30
Arr Walgett (WGE)AL343Tu, Th14:55
Dep Walgett (DBO)

15:20
Arr Dubbo (DBO)

16:20

Bookings can be made via Air Link’s website here.