Water salute welcomes JETGO
21 June 2016
Albury Airport has welcomed its newest airline JETGO and passengers on the maiden flight from Brisbane.
The maiden flight from Brisbane was met by a "welcome salute" by a tanker from the local fire and rescue service.
The water salute for the incoming 36-seat Embraer ERJ-135LR Regional Jet was a traditional aviation welcome to Albury Airport's fourth airline.
Passengers leaving on JETGO's maiden Albury to Brisbane flight enjoyed a special VIP lounge before takeoff.
Deputy Mayor David Thurley greeted the maiden flight and said the Border was proud to be JETGO's latest destination.
"This is great news for Albury, our airport and for the whole region because it gives locals another avenue to Queensland for holidays and will open the door for Queenslanders to our region's snowfields," Cr Thurley said.
"Albury Airport links us to the world and helps to show the world that the Border is a great place to live, visit and do business."
Cr Thurley said JETGO's arrival coincided with a $4.7M upgrade of Albury Airport, which would start in early 2017 and allow the airport to expand its arrivals areas, add a second baggage carousel and extend the departures area.
JETGO's Managing Director Paul Bredereck said Albury had been the airline's most successful launch to date and was chosen because it is a gateway to the snowfields.
"We can save travellers two hours on flights to Brisbane because our jets are 50 to 60 per cent faster than the turboprop aircraft that currently service Albury and the direct services eliminate the time and inconvenience of changing aircraft in Sydney. And by flying at up to 38,000 feet our passengers experience a far more comfortable journey above the weather and summer turbulence," he said.