Bendigo Airport ready for take off as flying kangaroo moves in
Bendigo Airport will become a gateway to the rest of the world from March 2019, when Qantas begins flying between Bendigo and Sydney.
Flights will take place six days a week, with passengers travelling from Bendigo to Sydney having the option to then travel on connecting flights to international destinations. Flights between Bendigo and the harbour city will increase to daily over the peak summer season.
Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the City of Greater Bendigo was delighted to partner with Qantas and the Victorian Government to deliver flights for residents and businesses.
“Today’s announcement realises a long-held civic goal for an airline to operate out of Bendigo. This is a major milestone for our city and airport, and will deliver an incredible boost to our local economy,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“Eighteen months on from unveiling our new 1,600m runway, we have achieved what we set out to do. This is fantastic news and makes Greater Bendigo and the wider region more accessible than ever before.
“To have infrastructure of this scale in a regional area is an incredible asset and today we have capitalised on it.
“Access to regular flights to and from Bendigo presents a great opportunity to further grow our tourism brand, better connect our businesses to domestic and international clients and colleagues, and provide residents with more options when it comes to leisure travel.
“To have a commercial airline operating on our doorstep is also a major coup when it comes to enhancing the liveability of our city and region, removing the barrier of always needing to travel to Tullamarine to fly to Sydney or other cities.
“We cannot wait to see the flying kangaroo come into land from March next year. We are thrilled to partner with Qantas and have the presence of yet another highly regarded international brand in our city.”
Tickets are on sale now and flights will commence on Sunday March 31, 2019. The first flight will leave from Sydney and touch down in Bendigo in the evening. The first flight out of Bendigo will be the following morning, Monday April 1.
The aircraft that will commence operations in Bendigo will be a Q300, 50-seat turboprop plane.