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Announcement Of Direct Flights Between Orange & Melbourne

04 August 2017

Regional Airline Fly Corporate confirmed a further extension to their expanding network of air services with the announcement today of daily Monday to Friday direct flights between Orange NSW and Melbourne VIC.

Commencing on 9 October 2017, flights will operate Monday through Friday departing Orange at 9.50am and arriving at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport at 11.35am. The return service will depart Melbourne’s Essendon Airport at 12.20pm and arrive in Orange at 1.55pm.

Andrew Major, CEO of Fly Corporate, said “I am extremely pleased to be making this announcement today. Following commencement of our direct Brisbane to Orange flights in February this year, the requirement for a similar service between Melbourne and Orange was apparent. The success of the Brisbane service combined with consultation with stakeholders has provided the necessary impetus for the implementation of the new service. The proposed schedule will complement the existing strong ties between the two cities”.

Mr Major went on to say that “we have chosen to operate this service utilising Melbourne’s Essendon Airport. Essendon stood out for us with its close proximity to the Melbourne CBD as well as other great advantages, such as extremely economical car parking rates and no airport congestion. For passengers inbound to Melbourne wanting to connect on to other domestic and international destinations, there is a free shuttle bus connecting the two airports”.

In closing Mr Major said; “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Orange City Council, Essendon Airport Management and the many other stakeholders who have helped make today’s announcement of a new service connecting Melbourne and Orange a reality”.

Orange Mayor John Davis OAM is thrilled by the news of the new direct flights to Melbourne. “Orange is a very connected regional city and our business community is routinely travelling interstate,” Cr John Davis said. “For this group time is money, and these direct flights are going to save them so much time. A survey of passengers at the Orange airport found that Melbourne was the most requested destination, closely followed by Brisbane. It’s tremendous that since then an operator has come along who can meet this demand. Fly Corporate’s decision to open another route here adds another reason for new businesses to open in Orange,” Cr Davis said.

CEO of Essendon Airport Chris Cowan  said “The service by Fly Corporate to Orange is exactly the kind of service that will flourish at Essendon. Orange passengers will enjoy arriving the benefits of arriving at Essendon Airport especially the time savings, lack of congestion and the popular retail amenities on site. Fly Corporate is the 5th regional airline to choose Essendon as its Melbourne base mostly through word of mouth which is very encouraging. The team at Fly Corporate has been a delight to work with in planning this new route.”

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