Mildura airport to service three states
By Jacinta Allan-Gange, with Charlotte King
Mildura airport will have direct flights to four cities across three states from early July, after an expansion of services was announced by a regional airline.
It’s already regional Victoria’s busiest hub for air transport, but Mildura aiport currently offers services to just one centre: Melbourne.
As of July 9 traffic to Mildura will significantly increase, as services open to three states and flights will take passengers from Mildura to Adelaide, Sydney and Broken Hill, on top of the existing services to Melbourne.
The changes will allow people to travel from Broken Hill to Melbourne, with Mildura to be a stop-over where more passengers are expected to join the service.
There will be twice-daily return flights to Broken Hill, and once-a-day return services to Adelaide and Sydney.
The Singapore-based regional airline REX will operate the flights, after forming a partnership with the Mildura Airport and the Broken Hill City Council.
The move comes as a surprise after REX announced earlier this month it was axing Riverina services between Melbourne and Griffith, and has been warning for the past year about the impact of the carbon tax, and the lack of Government support for regional airlines.
Other airlines have previously operated services to Adelaide and Sydney and failed, but the airport manager Peter O’Donnell says he’s confident there’s demand.
“We know that at least ten per cent of our passengers out of Mildura end up in Sydney,” says Mr O’Donnell.
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