Council is one-step closer to re-instating a regular passenger air service from Hamilton Airport but needs commitment from the community to make it a reality.
A recent survey of local businesses and industry conducted by Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Unit demonstrated strong support for the return of a regular air service, along with a growing database of prospective passengers. This survey feedback was presented to several airlines, and Airlines of Tasmania (also known as Par Avion) indicated that it is willing to conduct a six-month conditional trial.
Par Avion is proposing to operate an eight-passenger aircraft, between Hamilton and Melbourne for three return services a week. For a six-month trial, this means around $300,000 in flights would need to be pre-paid to underwrite the service. Par Avion would establish a third party trust allowing the payments to be drawn down as flights over the six month trial.
“Hamilton plays an important role as regional centre in the South West offering the necessary social and physical infrastructure to support growth and offers a variety of lifestyle possibilities. We believe a regular passenger service is necessary to further support the many possibilities the Greater Hamilton region has to offer”.
Ticket prices per-sector would be $149 one-way or $298 return. Any pre-paid tickets would be unrestricted. Normal ticketing is expected to be $149 one-way restricted and $199 one-way unrestricted.
It is expected that the trial would be conducted on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday however these days will be confirmed with potential customers prior to the commencement of the service.
Essendon Airport currently operates a mini-bus between Essendon Airport and Tullamarine Airport to connect passengers to domestic and international flights and negotiations are currently underway to extend that service to the Melbourne CBD.
Find a copy of the prospectus here or to pledge your support, please contact Hugh Koch, Manager Economic Development and Tourism on firstname.lastname@example.org, 03 5573 0238 or 0409 797 446