Speaking at the launch of JETGO Australia flights from Melbourne Essendon to Wollongong is Paul Bredereck, MD JETGO Australia, with Chris Cowan, CEO of Melbourne Essendon Airport stood next to him. The carrier will offer 11 weekly flights on the 634-kilometre link using its ERJ 135s.
- JETGO Australia has introduced the airport of Wollongong (WOL) to its network this week, beginning 11 times weekly flights from Melbourne Essendon (MEB) and a daily connection from Brisbane (BNE) on 30 October. Speaking about the first flight from Essendon, Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said: “The aircraft was well occupied and there were a lot of excited people. It was a real mixture of people – some for business, some for pleasure, some visiting families. One or two of them were just taking it because it was the first flight and they wanted to be on it.” Saliba also mentioned that 3,000 tickets have been sold since the routes went on sale. “JETGO Australia are also considering other routes. They’ve talked about the Gold Coast and about going to other areas. There is also an opportunity for us to take on other service providers, to come in and provide flights to other areas,” added Saliba. JETGO Australia MD Paul Bredereck mentioned that ticket sales for the new direct service to Essendon had exceeded the airline’s expectations. Both 634- and 826-kilometre routes launched by the carrier this week will be flown on its fleet of ERJ 135s when referring to OAG schedule, with neither link facing direct competition.