Service numbers up in air
APPROVAL by the major airlines Virgin and Qantas to reintroduce an air service between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane is ultimately a decision that will come down to numbers.
Airport manager Dennis Martin revealed this week that a business plan would be put to the carriers in coming weeks, as petitions collect signatures in support of the air link.
The previous Coffs Harbour to Brisbane service, run by Brindabella, is said to have become unsustainable in its last 12 months.
The Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce said this was partly due to the inconvenience of the flight timetable and that an older aircraft was used.
Many in the community hope that because Virgin services the route between Port Macquarie and Brisbane there could be scope for a potential Coffs Harbour stopover.
If a carrier were to adopt the route, it's anticipated Qantaslink would service it with a twin propeller Dash-8 and Virgin its smaller ATR aircraft.
Gauging community support for the proposal we asked readers: "How often would your family use a Coffs Harbour to Brisbane air service?"
In the first 500 votes 82% suggested once a year, 68% monthly, 13% weekly and 1% not at all.