FlyPelican will extend its presence on the Dubbo-Ballina route until at least 31 January 2021, following a successful trial in partnership with the Dubbo Regional Council and the Ballina Shire Council.
The trial was originally set to end on 20 November, but since its launch on 28 August, flights have experienced passenger loads north of 75% in both directions, FlyPelican confirms.
Fare prices on the route begin at $149, which will remain in place throughout the extension period.
“Making this route affordable also means that not only will more visitors come, but they’ll be able to stay in the region lounger because they didn’t spend hundreds of dollars on a fare,” said Councillor Ben Shields, Mayor of the Dubbo Region.
The popularity of the flights during the trial period has also prompted FlyPelican to introduce a service on Tuesdays.
|Flight numbers||FP652/653/654 (DBO-BNK), FP562/563/564 (BNK-DBO)|
|Operating days||Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays|
|Distance||379 miles / 610 km|
|Flight reservations||Click here to book|
|Flight time||1 hour 45 minutes (DBO-BNK and BNK-DBO)|
|Seating capacity||19 passengers|
|Loyalty program||Partner in Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer|
|Rewards earned (one-way)||1-2 Velocity frequent flyer points per $1 spent, depending on fare type. Excludes PelConnex Q fares.|
|Reward cost (one-way)||FlyPelican flights can’t be booked using Velocity points.|
“With the weather getting warmer, now is the perfect time to visit,” adds Mayor of Ballina Shire Council, David Wright.
“We urge visitors to get in quick though, as the Northern Rivers region is bound to be popular this summer, as more of NSW decides to holiday at home this year.”
Affiliate disclosure: The Regional Flyer may earn a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on one of our in-article links. This helps keep our content free: particularly for those living in regional areas, where free news sources are otherwise limited. We appreciate your support!