Good news on Coffs morning flights

VIRGIN Australia’s decision to introduce a new service between Port Macquarie and Brisbane will not impact on the re-introduction of an early morning run between Coffs Harbour and Sydney.

That’s according to the manager of the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport, Dennis Martin, who said negotiations with the carrier to restore its early morning service between Coffs Harbour and Sydney were continuing.

It is almost five months since Virgin replaced its 6.30am return flight between Sydney and Coffs Harbour with a midday service.

Since then only Qantas has offered a daily flight which arrives in Sydney for morning business meetings.

When it axed the service in March a Virgin spokeswoman said the situation was temporary and would be addressed when new more fuel-efficient planes were integrated into the carrier’s fleet.

Two 68-seat ATR 72-500 aircraft would come on line in October and a Virgin official has revealed they would be used for a new service between Brisbane and Port Macquarie, and on the existing Sydney-Port Macquarie run.

Yesterday Mr Martin said Virgin’s changes to operations out of Port Macquarie would have no bearing on when Coffs Harbour’s early morning service would be restored.

“I am very confident that we will have something very positive to announce in the next month or so,” Mr Martin said.

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