Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Fly to Melbourne? Discussions under Way on Getting Direct Flights by July

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Fly to Melbourne? Discussions under Way on Getting Direct Flights by July

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Byline: Blake Antrobus blake.antrobus@ frasercoastchronicle.com.au

DIRECT flights from Hervey Bay to Melbourne could soon be a reality, with an unknown airline reportedly "expressing interest" in starting the route from July this year.

The announcement comes after Bay2Dore owner Rob Braddock hinted at the possibility of the flight route on his social media page, saying the airliner would be offering a two-hour five-minute flight at $300-$330 a seat.

The name of the airliner was not revealed.

Mr Braddock, who said the route in question had been on his agenda for the past three years, said it would "open the floodgate" for the region's tourism.

"It's been a passion of mine for the whole of the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay. It will be better for everybody," he said.

Mr Braddock claimed the cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney brought in a combined 24,000 visitors to the region.

In his weekly mayoral message, Cr Chris Loft confirmed he had been in discussions with an airline company "interested in providing direct flights from Hervey Bay to Melbourne, and vice versa". …

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