New flights between Gladstone, Sydney are go
REGIONAL airline Jetgo has confirmed it will run flights between Gladstone and Sydney, starting on December 1, subject to regulatory approval.
Jetgo chief executive officer Jason Ryder said the new route would mark a big milestone for the airline, and for the people of the Gladstone region.
Jetgo will initially provide a twice-daily service from Monday to Friday, departing Sydney at 6am and 4.20 pm (daylight savings time), arriving in Gladstone at 6.50am and 5pm.
Flights will depart Gladstone at 7.30am and 5.30pm, arriving back in Sydney at 10.20am and 8.10pm.
Tickets are now on sale on the Jetgo website, starting at $199 one way.
The schedule has been designed with input from the Gladstone business community, and allows same day return travel from Gladstone and Sydney.
The flights will fill a gap after Qantaslink cancelled its direct flights between Gladstone and Sydney in August.
Five direct services a week had been scheduled by Qantaslink, but low passenger numbers led to the route being dropped.
Jetgo is one of Australia's newest commercial airlines.
It was established in 2012 with a focus on contract charter work, particularly around fly-in fly-out operations from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Sydney to mining centres.
Its first public transport service will be between Sydney and Roma.
In July, Mr Ryder advised industry onlookers that the company intended to launch "a unique product to the travelling public, offering 'rock star' service and lightning-fast transit times" between regional centres and capital city airports.
Brisbane Times this week reported that the company also would consider listing on the Australian Securities Exchange next year, in a bid to bolster its expansion plans.
"We have plans underway to do a public listing the second quarter of next year," Jetgo managing director Paul Bredereck said.
"We see a lot of opportunity (for growth) in a range of different markets."
Mr Ryder and Mr Mulder, both former corporate jet pilots who had worked in Saudi Arabia, founded the company with a small capital base in 2012.
Jetgo's first contract was with Inova Resources, providing charter flights from Brisbane and Townsville to the Osborne mine near Mt Isa.
In a poll of Observer readers this week, 49% of respondents said they would use the Jetgo Gladstone-Sydney service all the time, 41% said they would use it sometimes, and 9% said they wouldn't use it at all.