In a bit of good news for regional aviation, Virgin Australia is increasing its services between Sydney and Port Macquarie.
Port Macquarie is a small coastal city of 45,000 people some four hundred kilometres north of Sydney. It is popular seachange and retirement destination.
Virgin Australia presently flies twice a day between Sydney and Port Macquarie. The exception is on Saturdays when there is only one flight. These flights are operated by 70 seat all economy ATR 72-500 aircraft.
Effective 29 March 2020, Virgin Australia is adding an extra service each way each day (except on Saturdays – which is sticking with the sole daily service). The new flights are handy for Port Macquarie locals who need a full day in Sydney.
The morning flights down to Sydney will leave just after 06:00. The return flights to Port Macquarie will leave Sydney around 20:00. Flying time is one hour.
Port Macquarie Airport has undergone something of a growth spurt in recent years. Alliance Airlines operates a daily F70 service down from Brisbane on behalf of Virgin Australia. QantasLink has up to five daily Dash 8 400 services between Port Macquarie and Sydney. Prior to going bust in 2018, JETGO operated Embraers between Port Macquarie and Melbourne.
Whilst the Melbourne route remains vacant (both Virgin Australia and Qantas preferring to route their Melbourne bound passengers through Sydney), the addition of these new Virgin Australia’s flights down to Sydney suggests that despite the naysayers, regional flying in Australia isn’t dead and buried yet.
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