Canberra Airport announces direct flights to Ballina-Byron

Ian Bushnell 20 June 2020 60
FlyPelican plane

FlyPelican flights to Ballina will start next month. Photo: FlyPelican.

Canberrans will able to fly direct to the tourism mecca of the NSW Far North Coast with regional airline FlyPelican starting flights from Canberra Airport to Ballina from 3 July.

Canberra Airport said the flights, starting from $229 one-way, were an opportunity to boost the ACT and regional economy and expand domestic travel to sought-after destinations including Ballina, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads.

The service will start with one flight a day, departing Canberra at 8:50 am and arriving at 11:10 am.

The return flight will depart Ballina at noon and arrive in Canberra at 2:20 pm.

Head of Aviation at Canberra Airport Michael Thomson welcomed the new partnership with the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport.

“After months of disruption to the aviation and tourism industry, the Canberra-to-Ballina flight link will bring a much-needed boost to the local economies of both our regions. Domestic travel is slowly getting back to normal and Canberra Airport is determined to facilitate the recovery,” Mr Thomson said.

“FlyPelican has been a long-time partner of Canberra Airport and we’re delighted to begin a new partnership with the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, so we can continue to bring a wider travel offering to Canberra.”

Mr Thompson said flying has never been safer and extensive measures had been put in place by Canberra Airport, Ballina Byron Gateway Airport and FlyPelican to accommodate this.

“We are not yet back to full capacity, but with 90 flights per week linking Canberra with Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and Melbourne there is a lot of opportunity for people to travel,” Mr Thomson added.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the new link would boost the local ACT economy and provide a great opportunity to bring visitors to Canberra who may not have seen how much the city has changed and grown in the last decade.

”It also presents an exciting new option for Canberrans in need of a well-deserved break to take a short getaway,” he said.

The announcement comes after ongoing negotiations to re-establish links between Canberra and other closed states including South Australia and Queensland.

The Airport said the Canberra-to-Ballina link was a positive step in reopening other travel gateways across Australia and across the Tasman Sea.

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Manager Paul Tsikleas says the new route will have a positive impact for the community.

“A key focus for us is to promote Northern Rivers NSW tourism to other parts of Australia so we’re thrilled to be working with Canberra Airport and airline partner FlyPelican in having a brand new exciting destination and look forward to welcoming Canberra locals to our beautiful part of the world,” Mr Tsikleas said.

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60 Responses to Canberra Airport announces direct flights to Ballina-Byron
Geraldine Savoulidis Geraldine Savoulidis 4:49 pm 23 Jun 20

Ris Lehmann think we have found our destination? You game for air travel? Hahaha!

    Ris Lehmann Ris Lehmann 8:19 pm 23 Jun 20

    Geraldine Savoulidis you know it won’t take much to convince me! Lock it in and let’s go 🙌☀️

John Moulis John Moulis 2:50 am 23 Jun 20

Direct flights to Byron! Can you still rent a Mini Moke there? (It’s been a looong time since I’ve been there…)

Katherine Roche-Freedman Katherine Roche-Freedman 6:15 pm 22 Jun 20

Maddie Blue Eleanor Blake Byron trip!!

Roi Sacs de Balle Roi Sacs de Balle 3:21 pm 21 Jun 20

What a waste of money 🤷‍♂️, completely unaffordable for an average family

Bec Jeanes Bec Jeanes 10:47 am 21 Jun 20

Cheaper to drive there!

    Jane Ella Jane Ella 10:49 am 21 Jun 20

    This is true Bec, the other option I’m looking at 🙂

    Bec Jeanes Bec Jeanes 10:53 am 21 Jun 20

    Jane Ella is totally love to go ... but $600 is a little out of my reach I think at the moment lol

    Jane Ella Jane Ella 10:55 am 21 Jun 20

    Bec we’ll go somewhere drivable distance for sure 🙂

Jane Ella Jane Ella 8:38 am 21 Jun 20

Diane we can fly direct to catch up with Caitlin and Kath in this mini plane.

    Caitlin Grace Caitlin Grace 10:36 am 21 Jun 20

    Jane Ella that's awesome!!

    Diane Morris Diane Morris 9:20 pm 21 Jun 20

    Jane Ella they also have direct flights to Byron starting 3 July😁

Samantha Laird Samantha Laird 8:16 am 21 Jun 20

If only someone would do a CBR to Coffs Coast direct flight. I’d be on it every other weekend ???

Tanya Carlaw Tanya Carlaw 6:57 am 21 Jun 20

On that little thing and what’s the cost? I am still more than happy to go to Sydney and hop on a proper jet and pay half the cost.

James Adams James Adams 12:16 am 21 Jun 20

Brenton Anthony can go to Byron on your favourite airline!

Caitlin Hockley Caitlin Hockley 8:37 pm 20 Jun 20

It’s a sign Megan Ho Georgia Hockley

Clayton Delaney Clayton Delaney 6:35 pm 20 Jun 20

Announce the prices

Kerry Jackson Kerry Jackson 4:52 pm 20 Jun 20

Ooh that is such a little plane for us nervous nellies

Gerda Lawrence Gerda Lawrence 1:58 pm 20 Jun 20

Jacqui Simmonds this will suit Jake

Vlasta Dodd Vlasta Dodd 1:32 pm 20 Jun 20

❤Fly Pelican

Margaret Lay Margaret Lay 1:27 pm 20 Jun 20

How much?

    Rachael Louise Davis Rachael Louise Davis 1:47 pm 20 Jun 20

    Margaret Lay from $299 one way...😬

    Chris Olsen Chris Olsen 1:56 pm 20 Jun 20

    Rachael Louise Davis it’s actually $229 one way

Birchy Birchy Birchy Birchy 1:20 pm 20 Jun 20

They won’t be jet star prices with this mob. 💰💰💰💰💰💰

Mitchy Connolly Mitchy Connolly 12:38 pm 20 Jun 20

Jessica Connolly they must be listening!!

    Jessica Connolly Jessica Connolly 12:45 pm 20 Jun 20

    Mitchy Connolly I am not getting on that tiny plane 🤢

Shani O'Halloran Shani O'Halloran 12:28 pm 20 Jun 20

Jessica Kurdi we’re on!!!!!

    Shani O'Halloran Shani O'Halloran 12:32 pm 20 Jun 20

    Jessica Kurdi see you every 6 weeks 😂

Elise Kael Elise Kael 12:17 pm 20 Jun 20

Chelsea Harman it’s happening

Anna Caldrmoski Anna Caldrmoski 11:55 am 20 Jun 20

Chrissy Byron this is exciting! Fly Pelican are great 👍🏻

    Chrissy Stanmore Chrissy Stanmore 12:08 pm 20 Jun 20

    Anna I would love to go to Byron. Never been. Plane looks small 😬

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