16 April 2015
Flights hit new heights in New England region
Air access to the region of Whitehaven Coal’s operations is about to soar to new heights.
Virgin Australia has announced it will introduce flights between Tamworth and Sydney from May 2015.
The airline will introduce this new service on 25 May 2015, using its ATR-72 Turboprop 68-seat aircraft to operate six return services between Tamworth and Sydney each week.
Virgin Australia Chief Executive Officer John Borghetti said: “We are delighted to bring competition and choice to Tamworth and the New England Region for the first time since 2001.
“Tamworth is both a thriving commercial hub and a tourist destination, and the introduction of six Virgin Australia services between Tamworth and Sydney per week will support the ongoing development of Tamworth as an important regional destination.
“We are pleased to be bringing the great Virgin Australia service and product to Tamworth as we continue to build on our strong commitment to regional Australia.
“I would like to thank Tamworth Regional Airport and Tamworth Regional Council for their support,” Mr Borghetti said.
The decision was welcomed by Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson.
“This is really terrific news that will benefit hundreds of people living and visiting Tamworth and the wider New England region,” Mr Grant said.
Mr Anderson said providing competition on the Tamworth to Sydney route with the introduction of a second carrier would be a huge boost for locals, with a likely positive impact on flight costs.