Zoo lovers rejoice, there will be direct flights between Ballina Byron Gateway Airport and Dubbo courtesy of FlyPelican from 28 August.
Initially there will be twice weekly flights, on Mondays and Fridays. This is the second new regional destination for the airport, following the commencement of direct flights to Canberra last month.
As COVID restrictions bite interstate, and in capital cities, tourism between the regions is an increasingly attractive option, with plenty of interest being anticipated in both directions.
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Manager Julie Stewart says the new route is a welcome addition.
‘It’s very exciting news that FlyPelican recognises the need for better transport links within regional NSW and supporting our community by introducing this new service,’ said Ms Stewart.
‘This will provide a much-needed boost to our local economy through tourism opportunities, as well as creating jobs.’
For the people of the Northern Rivers, it will now be easier to visit family and friends in Dubbo, as well as attractions in the region such as the award-winning Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Wellington Caves, the Dish in Parkes, Old Dubbo Gaol, and the wineries of Mudgee.
The Central West has greened up beautifully as drought conditions have eased.
Booking for the new service are available via flypelican.com.au.