Fast growing regional airline operator, Fly Corporate, has chosen Essendon Airport as the Melbourne base for direct flights between Orange, NSW and Melbourne in a 34-seater Saab 340B.
The first flight operated by Fly Corporate from Orange arrived at Essendon Airport this morning to the traditional water cannon welcome. Fly Corporate will operate return flights between Orange and Essendon Airport weekdays departing Orange at 9.50am and arriving at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport at 11.35am. The return service will depart Melbourne’s Essendon Airport at 12.20pm and arrive in Orange at 1.55pm.
Andrew Major, CEO of Fly Corporate, said: “We have chosen to operate this service utilising Melbourne’s Essendon Airport and we are delighted to be opening up travel options from Orange to Melbourne and offering a new service for Melburnians holidaying, visiting family or doing business in regional NSW,’’
“Essendon Airport stood out for us with its close proximity to the Melbourne CBD as well as other great advantages, such as extremely economical car parking rates and no airport congestion. For passengers inbound to Melbourne wanting to connect on to other domestic and international destinations, there is a free shuttle bus connecting the two airports,” Mr Major said.
Essendon Airport CEO, Chris Cowan, said: “The service by Fly Corporate to Orange is exactly the kind of service that will flourish at Essendon. Orange passengers will enjoy the benefits of arriving at Essendon Airport especially the time savings, lack of congestion and the popular retail amenities on site. Fly Corporate is the 5th regional airline to choose Essendon as its Melbourne base mostly through word of mouth which is very encouraging. The team at Fly Corporate has been a delight to work with in planning this new route,”
The Mayor of Orange, Reg Kidd, said he was excited by the commencement of flight on the new route to Melbourne.
“Regular passengers at the Orange airport have been asking for flights to Melbourne for a long time, and I’m delighted that Fly Corporate is now meeting that demand,” Cr Reg Kidd said.
“It’s another sign of the strength of the Orange economy that early bookings are also so strong.”
“I congratulate Fly Corporate for taking on this challenge and I’m delighted for them that the early signs of success are already there.”
“The take-up of daily air connections to another state capital are a good indication of how many businesses in Orange are already operating as part of national markets.”
With impressive colonial buildings, award-winning restaurants and elegant wine bars, the vibrant city of Orange is the perfect escape for fine food and wine and wonderful heritage walks.
Tickets are on sale at Fly Corporate or travel agents with $259 one-way all-inclusive Web Deal fares available.
Free Express Shuttle Bus to Melbourne Airport
Essendon Airport’s express shuttle bus meets every regional arrival at the terminal front door and provides an express transfer service to Melbourne Airport.
Pick up is also available from Hyatt Place on demand by calling 0426 381 800 between 6am – 10pm.
Free transfers* for passengers from Melbourne Airport to Essendon Fields is also available on demand by calling 0426 381 800 between 6am and 10pm. Book ahead to minimise waiting times. Pick up is opposite the main Terminal and Park Royal Hotel Zone Area L – group and charters lane.
*Subject to availability. The trip is less than 15 minutes subject to traffic.
Visit the Interactive Airport Shuttle Bus Tracker to view the exact location of the shuttle bus.