|Virgin Australia ATR 72-600 VH-FVY at Bundaberg Airport in 2013|
|QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOX at Bundaberg Airport in 2013|
Meanwhile, speculation is growing that a new airline carrier could be headed to Bundaberg. Council has stated that they would "absolutely" welcome a third carrier to Bundaberg, and have confirmed they've been in talks with JetGo Australia.
JetGo describes itself as "a new provider of Air Charter and Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) services for Australian Industry". It currently operates a fleet of three Embraer E-135LR regional jets on FIFO and other charter flights mostly in Queensland.
Council hopes that if JetGo was secured for the region, it might consider a Sydney run from Bundaberg Airport.
A direct link to Sydney would be a great win for Bundy travellers after the local News Mail newspaper found last year that local travellers could save as much as $500 per ticket by flying from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast Airport) to Sydney rather than from Bundaberg. The Fraser Coast Airport - as profiled by us HERE - is around a one-and-a-half hour drive from Bundy.
An official announcement is expected in the first half of this year.
Finally, to ensure a visit to the Bundaberg region isn't ruined by a missed flight, Bundaberg Regional Council is installing new signage to help tourists to arrive at the airport on time and via the most reliable route. Council has reportedly obtained in-principle approval from the Department of Transport and Main Roads for the installation of the signage along the Ring Road.
Photos taken by Micah S ©