Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has welcomed today’s announcement by Virgin Australia that its Port Macquarie-Brisbane route will soon be served by jet aircraft under a new code-sharing arrangement.
Virgin Australia today advised the Australian Stock Exchange that the company has entered a code-sharing arrangement with Alliance Airlines to operate Fokker jet aircraft on a number of routes currently served by Virgin ATR turbo-prop aircraft.
The agreement will see existing frequency retained, with extra capacity available due to the larger size of the Alliance Airlines aircraft.
Mr Hartsuyker said he sees the addition of capacity on the Brisbane-Port Macquarie route as a positive step for the region.
“This availability of extra seats on the Brisbane-Port Macquarie route can only be a good thing. Port Macquarie is a desirable destination with significant potential for future growth.
“Recent tourism figures show that northern NSW is a preferred destination for local and international visitors. Increased flight capacity will only continue to improve the region’s reputation as a tourist drawcard.
“I congratulate Virgin Australia for this continued investment in Port Macquarie and the Mid North Coast region.
“The new Alliance Airlines jet service will benefit from the imminent Port Macquarie Airport upgrade, which is being jointly funded by the Australian Government, NSW Government, and Port Macquarie Hastings Council.”