Monday, March 14, 2016

Airnorth Begins Embraer E-170 Jet Services from the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport

Although not in Central Queensland, we have been sent some fantastic photos as the privately owned Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (IATA: WTB / ICAO: YBWW) has welcomed another Regular Public Transport (RPT) carrier on Monday 14 March as Northern Territory based Airnorth commenced a daily service to Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport.

Local plane spotter Garry W has very kindly shared some awesome photos he captured as Flight TL130 departed Wellcamp (West of Toowoomba) just after 7.15am on Monday morning.  It touched down at Melbourne about two hours later.  The flight was operated by one of their Embraer E-170 regional jets - VH-ANT - which is configured with 76 seats.  VH-ANT was on the ground at Tullamarine for about an hour before returning to Wellcamp as TL131.

Airnorth will fly daily from Wellcamp to Melbourne, as well as three times a week to Cairns. Both routes will be supported by a codeshare agreement with Qantas.

VH-ANT was welcomed at Wellcamp the previous Friday 11 March, and again, Garry was on hand to capture some more great photos as the E-170 arrived from Airnorth's Darwin base.

Airnorth is now the major aviation operator in Northern Australia. The company operates over 300 scheduled RPT and charter departures weekly, servicing over 20 destinations across four countries. Including Darwin, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Elcho Island, Gove (Nhulunbuy), Groote Eylandt and McArthur River in the Northern Territory, Kununurra, Broome, Port Hedland, Karratha and Perth in Western Australia, Townsville, Cairns, Mount Isa and Wellcamp (Toowoomba) in Queensland and Dili in Timor-Leste.  They carry in excess of 300,000 passengers annually.

In addition to scheduled departures, Airnorth operates contract and ad-hoc charter services for a wide variety of companies undertaking mining, defence and government activity.

To learn more about Airnorth or to book a flight, visit their website:

Our sincere thanks to Garry W for taking the time to capture and send through his fantastic photos of the historic commencement of yet another RPT service to call into the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

All photos taken by Garry Wilkinson  ©

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