Wellcamp Airport to connect western Qld
WELLCAMP Airport will take on two new flight paths to remote western Queensland towns from the start of 2015.
Regional Express won the contracts, which Skytrans formally held, for the Western 1 and Western 2 routes.
The company will move the services, which currently each run twice a week, from Toowoomba Airport to Wellcamp.
Twin engine Saab 340-B aircraft will replace Skytrans' Dash 8 fleet.
They have a cruising speed of 467kmh compared to the Dash 8s' 440kmh.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the switch away from Skytrans was the result of a competitive tender process.
"Under the new contracts, the same number of services will be offered and all regional airports will remain the same - except Toowoomba's Wellcamp Airport will now be used," he said.
"This is a great deal for regional Queensland and as part of our strong plan for a brighter future.
"I'd like to thank all carriers for their involvement with a number of very competitive bids."
Wellcamp Airport manager Phil Gregory said his sights were set on securing direct fly-in, fly-out contracts with major mining companies and starting direct flights to Melbourne.
"We've been in discussions with all the bidders, and there were a number of bidders for those routes," he said.
"We would be more than happy to work with any of those airlines. They're all great airlines.
"But we are very pleased to have Rex on board.
"This was our number two priority. We're still ticking away with the FIFO routes but that's still a little way off."
WESTERN 1 ROUTE
WESTERN 2 ROUTE