In great news for local jobs and the economy, the Aus Flight Handling team at Port Macquarie Airport returned to work this week.
The team has been on standby since Virgin Australia suspended their services in April 2020, and are undertaking training on Fly Pelican aircraft and systems in preparation for the new Port Macquarie to Canberra direct service, launching on Sunday 1 November.
Aus Flight Handling Operations Manager Ryan Worthington said Aus Flight Handling is pleased to welcome and be servicing Fly Pelican in Port Macquarie, meaning staff can return to work after months of being on stand down.
"We are pleased to increase our partnership with Fly Pelican at Port Macquarie Airport, and look forward to handling increased services and destinations," Mr Worthington said.
The launch of the new Fly Pelican service coincides with a boost to Qantas services, who are doubling flights to Port Macquarie from next week, operating twice daily to Sydney, with its direct service to Brisbane due to commence in early December.
Council director Rebecca Olsen said how great it is to see flights increase in and out of Port Macquarie Airport.
"Having regular services is so important for our community, business and tourism, and not only provides opportunities and options for travel, helps get people back to work," Ms Olsen said.
"With the doubling of Qantas flights to Sydney, and Fly Pelican flights connecting us with our nation's capital, these are really positive signs for our community as we continue our recovery from the challenges that COVID has presented."
Fly Pelican's new direct service to Canberra starts on November 1 and will operate on Sunday and Thursday.