Monday, August 10, 2009

flights to Moranbah

QANTASLINK going to start commercial flights to Moranbah from the end of September.

The town has been without a regular flights since February.

The schedule will offer daily flights Monday to Friday, as well as an additional flights on Thursday.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Cedric Marshall said the announcement was great news, especially given the results of a council survey which showed overwhelming support for a regular commercial flights.

QantasLink's Narendra Kumar said the airline would at first offer five return services per week, with a sixth return flight likely to start in October.

“Continued growth in this resource-rich region has led to demand for flights to Moranbah and we are very pleased to meet this need for both community and industry.”

Councillor Marshall said mining company BMA would now upgrade its airport site so it can accommodate larger planes.

“We want support from the community to make it a viable service,” he said.

“(QantasLink staff are) coming to Moranbah in the next couple of weeks to see council and talk to the community and businesses.”

Lyn Busk from the Moranbah Traders' Association is looking forward to the commercial flights having a positive impact on retailers.

“Initially I don't know any businesses that'll use the flights for freight. Mind you, there are some new businesses in town looking for a better freight system,” she said.

“I don't believe having the flights will take business away from the town.

“The flights will generally give us something back and let us be more flexible. And it'll help keep people in the town.”