FlyPelican has announced direct jet services between Newcastle and Adelaide from March 2018.
FlyPelican is offering the two-hour direct service three times per week from Newcastle on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with the potential to add more flights if demand is strong. Flying Fokker jet aircraft seating 80 or 100 passengers and offering in-flight catering and no charge for checked baggage allowance, the Newcastle-Adelaide service is ideal for business and leisure.
Newcastle Airport, the gateway to the region, now connects with nine domestic destinations and onwards internationally to over 65 locations in just one stop.
Peter Cock, CEO of Newcastle Airport, said:
“By connecting people and places, our new route will grow inbound and outbound tourism, create opportunities for businesses, and provide easy links for travellers; a quick, direct two-hour flight provides a smarter choice, and will reduce return travel time by up to 8 hours. Community demand for the Adelaide route has been very strong and we are thrilled to be working with FlyPelican and Adelaide Airport to deliver this direct service to passengers. This is another step for us in creating the airport the region deserves.”
Paul Graham, CEO of FlyPelican, said:
“As Newcastle’s local airline, it is important to us to provide services the community needs. We are proud and excited to expand our network and give travellers greater choice with the new Adelaide direct route.”
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young:
“We welcome FlyPelican to Adelaide and look forward to their inaugural service in March. Newcastle has been one of our largest unserved markets and we’ve been keen to secure a service between our two cities for some time. It is Australia’s second largest regional city with many similarities to Adelaide, including its defence focus and proximity to the Hunter Valley wine region. It also provides a great alternative for passengers wanting to travel to and from the Central Coast, Hunter and North Coast regions without having to land in Sydney and find other transport options to get to Newcastle.”