JetGo may be headed to Rockhampton airport
FLYING to Sydney from Rockhampton could be possible in the not-too-distant future with a new regional airline setting its sights on the city.
JetGo is looking at the possibility of arranging a flight route from Rockhampton to Sydney, which could be via Gladstone.
The airline announced on Tuesday that it would bring one of its aircraft to Gladstone in the hope of making an announcement regarding the long-term provision of direct service from Sydney to Gladstone.
JetGo managing director Paul Bredereck said that Rockhampton was also on the radar.
"We've been talking to (Rockhampton Regional Council) and they've been very positive and very keen to offer something if we can," Mr Bredereck said.
"Nothing has been confirmed.
"We'd like to see how Gladstone goes and if it isn't commercially viable, then Rockhampton wouldn't be either."
JetGo CEO Jason Ryder is formerly from Yeppoon and Mr Bredereck said that he'd love to see flights to the regional area.
While no decision on the Rockhampton to Sydney route has been made at this stage, Mr Bredereck said that the area provided a good opportunity.
"We see that (Rockhampton) has a large market but mostly hubs into Brisbane," he said. "There are quite a few opportunities in regional Queensland that we are eyeing off, but we don't rush into anything and we do a lot of preparation and analysis."
There are no direct flight routes from Rockhampton to Sydney, with Qantas and Virgin flights stopping in Brisbane.
SOME FACTS ABOUT JETGO
JetGo is a privately owned Australian company that operates 36-50 seat regional jet aircraft
Its operating bases are in Sydney, Brisbane and Townsville
They cater to FIFO services for leading mining and energy companies to and from remote sites