Canberra Airport adds Port Macquarie to holiday destinations

Ian Bushnell 5 October 2020 29
Fly Pelican Jetstream 32

A Fly Pelican Jetstream 32 turboprop aircraft: flights to Port Macquarie start on 1 November, 2020. Photo: Fly Pelican.

Canberra Airport has added another destination to its growing suite of holiday routes, announcing its first direct flights to Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid North Coast.

The Airport has partnered with Port Macquarie Airport and regional airline Fly Pelican, which is already flying to Ballina-Byron from Canberra.

From 1 November, Fly Pelican will fly direct twice a week from Canberra Airport, with a launch price of $149 one-way.

Fly Pelican operates a fleet of Jetstream 32 turboprop aircraft which can seat 19 passengers. The flight to Port Macquarie will take an hour and 40 minutes, and bookings are open.

It will offer Canberrans another northern holiday option and give ACT businesses, tourism operators and the economy a boost from more inbound visitors to the national capital.


READ ALSO: Airport confirms start of first direct Hobart flights since 2013


Head of Aviation, Michael Thomson said the new partnership was another step in the Airport’s recovery from COVID-19’s impact on the aviation industry.

“Fly Pelican has been a long-time partner of Canberra Airport and, after the recent success with the Canberra to Ballina/Byron route, we are sure to see similar results again with Canberra to Port Macquarie,” he said.

”We are also delighted to be partnering with Port Macquarie Airport to share this fantastic new travel offering to our regions.”

Mr Thomson said the Airport was experiencing a very positive return of aviation with flights increasing from 34 two weeks ago to 66 this week.

”With more flights and more destinations on offer like Port Macquarie, we are confident this will continue, bringing more people to our region and providing more opportunity for Canberrans to travel,” he said.


READ ALSO: Airport launches direct flights to Sunshine Coast and Cairns, and Hobart may be next


Chief Minister Andrew Barr said a strong domestic network for Canberra would be critical in helping our local tourism industry recover over the coming months and years.

”This is another great new route announcement that shows confidence in Canberra as a tourist destination and provides another option for Canberrans to take a short break away,” he said.

Fly Pelican Chief Executive Officer, Marty Hawley said the regional airline was thrilled to expand its network out of the nation’s capital and connect with the much-loved destination of Port Macquarie.

“The initial twice weekly services will be convenient for the leisure and business traveller, reducing the travel time by many hours. Working collaboratively on the launch of this new route with both airports has been a sensible approach to ensure the friends, families and businesses of regional Australia are connected,” he said.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Mayor Peta Pinson said new services demonstrated Fly Pelican’s confidence in the region’s growing community and recovery from COVID-19.

”Direct services to our nation’s capital will provide an exciting addition to the airline services available at Port Macquarie Airport, and will further promote our region as a leading business and tourism destination on the NSW Mid North Coast,” she said.

The news comes after recent announcements of Alliance Airlines flying direct from Canberra to the Sunshine Coast and Cairns from October 23 and Link Airways flying direct from Canberra to Hobart from December 3.


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29 Responses to Canberra Airport adds Port Macquarie to holiday destinations
Melinda Jayne Howlett Melinda Jayne Howlett 12:47 pm 05 Oct 20

What about Coffs?

    John Grasby John Grasby 10:08 pm 05 Oct 20

    Melinda Jayne Howlett A question often Asked!!

Jimmy Burnett Jimmy Burnett 8:39 pm 04 Oct 20

Peter Turnbull Sheridan Watters just what the doctor ordered

    Sheridan Watters Sheridan Watters 8:46 pm 04 Oct 20

    Peter Turnbull get on the plane

    Jimmy Burnett Jimmy Burnett 8:48 pm 04 Oct 20

    Sheridan Watters the last plane outta Canbrah’s almost gone

    Sheridan Watters Sheridan Watters 8:48 pm 04 Oct 20

    Jimmy Burnett, Peter Turnbull could book a flight going via Cobar

    Jimmy Burnett Jimmy Burnett 8:50 pm 04 Oct 20

    Sheridan Watters and a stopover in Bourke

Carley Weiss-Kelly Carley Weiss-Kelly 7:42 pm 04 Oct 20

Brian Weiss? Port IM via plane

Sue Blackwell Sue Blackwell 7:27 pm 04 Oct 20

May Howard have you seen this?

    May Howard May Howard 10:50 pm 04 Oct 20

    Sue Blackwell it’s been crazy busy over the school holidays...even our favourite restaurants were booked out. Weather glorious though!

Melissa Hobbs Melissa Hobbs 6:15 pm 04 Oct 20

Who would want to go to Port Macquarie? What about an interesting destination?

    Jenni Harding Jenni Harding 7:37 pm 04 Oct 20

    Melissa Hobbs - you haven't lived till you've been to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital 🐨

    Heather Lloyd Heather Lloyd 8:09 pm 04 Oct 20

    Melissa Hobbs have you ever been. So many things to see and do.

    Jimmy Burnett Jimmy Burnett 8:38 pm 04 Oct 20

    Melissa Hobbs get a rental car and go to south west rocks

    Jane Barratt Jane Barratt 9:25 pm 04 Oct 20

    Melissa Hobbs just came back from there...good beaches, half decent shopping and some very good restaurants.

    Melissa Hobbs Melissa Hobbs 9:44 pm 04 Oct 20

    Jane Barratt I’ve been there. Ordinary beaches, everything pretty mainstream. There are much nicer and prettier places up and down the coast. Best to avoid the big places like Port M, and Coffs

    Sarah Stewart Sarah Stewart 10:40 pm 04 Oct 20

    Melissa Hobbs don't say that. I'm going there for a holiday in a couple of weeks for the first time 😉

    Jane Barratt Jane Barratt 11:47 pm 04 Oct 20

    Melissa Hobbs there are, and we have visited many of the other beach towns. Some people like being in bigger towns.

    Heather Purvis Heather Purvis 12:47 am 05 Oct 20

    Melissa Hobbs you need a regional hub to fly into these 'other interesting places' you speak of.. so why not Port Macquarie?

    Kieran O'Donnell Kieran O'Donnell 12:51 am 05 Oct 20

    Whats wrong with Port Macquarie? Thinking of checking it out myself one day.

    Margaret Robyn Cooper Margaret Robyn Cooper 8:06 am 05 Oct 20

    Sarah Stewart Port Macquarie is a lovely place. Perfect waterfront walk around beach and cliff area in centre of town. You will also enjoy eateries. Bruce and Celeste from Petanque moved there and started a Petanque group in case you want to get to know the locals.

    Sarah Stewart Sarah Stewart 8:23 am 05 Oct 20

    Margaret Robyn Cooper thanks for that. We'll have to see if we can look them up

    Chris Law Chris Law 9:16 am 05 Oct 20

    it’s terrible here, errrr I mean there - my family didn’t even move from Canberra to pmq 3 years ago, no traffic perfect weather and I can’t even hear the beach from my house....

    Jane Kim Jane Kim 12:02 pm 05 Oct 20

    Sarah Stewart it's a lovely place, with lots to see and do and many great restaurants and cafes, not to mention wineries. You'll have a great time. In a normal year we go there at least three times.

    Jane Kim Jane Kim 12:04 pm 05 Oct 20

    Chris Law it's a lovely place isn't it.

Jody Maree Harrison Jody Maree Harrison 6:12 pm 04 Oct 20

Can we have direct flight to Auckland ? Please

Alice Stedman Alice Stedman 6:11 pm 04 Oct 20

Susie Black.. Just in case you are interested

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