Fly Corporate announced as new Illawarra airline passenger service provider

Shellharbour City Council (Council) is excited to be able to announce Fly Corporate has been selected as the new provider of passenger services for Illawarra Regional Airport.

Councillors considered a confidential report regarding the re-introduction of flights in and out of Illawarra Regional Airport at last night’s Council meeting.

Council endorsed the report’s recommendations to enter into a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Fly Corporate. This supports the on-going sustainability and further development of the airport facilities.

Fly Corporate was able to meet Council’s strict mandatory criteria and will commence services on November 12 this year.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said she was very pleased that services would be restored well before Christmas. 

“Council committed to reintroducing passenger services as quickly as possible and I’m very happy we have been able to deliver on that commitment,” Cr Saliba said.

“We have methodically worked through our due diligence procedures to ensure the best outcome and to protect the interests of the community.

“Corporate Air, which operates the Fly Corporate brand, has been in business since 1972 and has demonstrated they have the experience and financial capacity to provide regular airline passenger services. 

Currently operating over 140 flights per week, Fly Corporate’s regional airline network already includes Armidale, Biloela (Thangool), Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Inverell, Melbourne, Moree, Narrabri, Orange, Sydney and Tamworth. 

Initially the company will schedule eighteen flights on the Melbourne route each week and eight flights on the Brisbane route each week.

The Mayor said Council looked forward to working closely with Fly Corporate to ensure the successful reintroduction of services to Illawarra Regional Airport.

“The Melbourne route when previously serviced was most successful, with 91% capacity. We’ve proven that there is a demand for services and I’m pleased that we will be able to resume flights to both Melbourne and Brisbane.”

The aircraft that will provide the service is the Saab340B Plus, a 34-seat twin turboprop aircraft that is the most popular pressurised regional airliner type in operation around the world today.

It is crewed by two pilots and a flight attendant and Fly Corporate provide a full inflight service.

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