Shellharbour Council and JETGO celebrate 10,000th passenger

Shellharbour City Council celebrates a milestone this week as JETGO’S 10,000th passenger boards a plane bound for Brisbane from Illawarra Regional Airport.

One of the passengers travelling on JETGO’S 11am flight JGO 55 on Wednesday 7 February will be the 10,000th passenger to use JETGO’S services since scheduled airline flights recommenced at the Illawarra Regional Airport on 30th October 2017.

Shellharbour City Mayor Marianne Saliba said the region’s overwhelmingly positive response demonstrated that residents appreciated the benefits of how much time, money and stress the direct flights to Brisbane and Melbourne save them and their families.

“Shellharbour is shaping up as the region’s transport hub, with the new service providing much easier access to our five local government areas including Shellharbour, Wollongong, Kiama, Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands,” Cr Saliba said.

“To put it in perspective, a regional resident flying from Illawarra Regional Airport will already be in-flight preparing to land in either Melbourne (Essendon) or Brisbane by the time a resident choosing to fly from Sydney motors through the M1 parking lot and finds their gate to board their flight to the same city destinations,” she said.

JETGO Managing Director Paul Bredereck said he was delighted with the support from the Illawarra community. 

“Overall the passenger numbers are tracking pretty well to budget. We’re extremely pleased the region has welcomed their new air services and we thank the community for its support,” Mr Bredereck said.

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