JETGO Australia begins scheduled domestic services with ERJs; three airline groups account for 96% of Oz domestic flights
The launch of a new airline is always an exciting time and this week saw the first commercial flight of JETGO Australia (IATA code JG), an Australian airline that has started double-daily flights between Sydney and Gladstone, the port city in Queensland. This follows the decision by Qantas to suspend service on the 1,120-kilometre route at the end of August. Gladstone Airport has a further 16 daily departures (on weekdays) of which 15 are to Brisbane (436 kilometres away) as well as a daily flight to Rockhampton, which is just 100 kilometres away.
JETGO has been around for a while offering on demand jet charter, or ad hoc air charter, for corporate, resource, government and private customers both within Australia and worldwide. Its fleet consists of three 36-seat ERJ 135LRs (registered VH-JGB, VH-JZG and VH-JTG). It originally planned to start scheduled services between Sydney and Roma (another airport in Queensland) on 10 November, but this was subsequently cancelled due to poor bookings. The airline received its AOC for RPT (Regular Public Transport) Operations on 3 October, and a second scheduled service between Brisbane and Tamworth is planned to start in mid-January, coinciding with the Tamworth Country Music Festival, which runs from 16th to 25th January and will feature US country legend Kenny Rogers.
Qantas Group airlines operate 55% of domestic flights
According to analysis of schedule data for Australian domestic flights next week, Qantas and its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar Airways operate almost 55% of the flights, with Virgin Australia and its low-cost partner Tigerair Australia accounting for a further 30%. Regional Express account for a further 11%, with its fleet of almost 50 Saab 340s.