FOR the manager of the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport the past few days have been very frustrating.
Dennis Martin said that Virgin Blue’s decision had created a lot of confusion among travellers.
“I have not been advised that the early morning service has been withdrawn permanently,” Mr Martin said.
“I am working very closely with Virgin Blue on a daily basis to get the morning flight reinstated.”
Mr Martin said he was curious about the reason given by the airline for the change.
“I know that Virgin Blue is trying to sell its Embraer 170 planes but Coffs Harbour is not a 170 port.
"Virgin operates mainly E190 and 737 airplanes on our route, but I am aware that the changes that have been made are due to aircraft and staff shortages across the Virgin network.
"This impact is being felt everywhere and not just here.”
Mr Martin said he was privy to commercial information that made him feel very confident for the future for Coffs Coast travellers.
“I expect to know something in the next few weeks and am looking forward to the reinstatement of a morning service.”
Mr Martin was keen to quell speculation that the carrier’s decision was a reflection on the viability of the Coffs Harbour service.
“We are experiencing very good growth at the moment and the outlook is very positive.”
He was also eager to address the misconception that Coffs Harbour was an overly expensive port.
“Our head tax service per passenger fees are in the low to middle range of airports across the country.
“Our service fees are only about half of those of our neighbours.”