NARRABRI residents are set to get one over on their larger neighbours after confirmation Vincent Aviation is poised to introduce a Brisbane air service.
Tamworth has been without flights to and from the Queensland capital since the debt-ridden Brindabella Airlines went under late last year.
But Vincent Aviation, which only received confirmation it had secured a four-year licence to operate out of Narrabri on Wednesday, is already setting its sights north.
The airline’s managing director, Murray Collings, told The Leader it planned to commence a Brisbane service in the coming weeks.
“At this stage the Brisbane service will only be a couple of times a week to start with,” he said.
“But, once again, we’re just stepping into it slowly and when the loadings pick up and we get the right signals, we’ll increase the service.”
The news only gets better for Narrabri, however, with Mr Collings saying the airline would soon introduce a late-afternoon flight from Sydney to Narrabri.
“We have only been operating for three weeks and we are very happy with where we’re sitting and the loads we’ve been getting,” he said.
“Now, we can move ahead and start ramping up our marketing and looking at putting in an afternoon or evening flight as soon as we can.
“I’d like to think in the next three or four weeks we’ll be starting the evening flights.”
Tamworth Regional Council has been in discussions with operator Skytrans to fly to Brisbane.
However, the Cairns-based airline told The Leader last week it was having difficulty securing landing and takeoff slots at Brisbane airport.
Mr Collings said while Vincent Aviation was aware of the opportunity in Tamworth, it was committed to strengthening its existing routes for now.
“A lot of people have asked me about Tamworth, but I think we have to concentrate on what we’re doing with Narrabri and Mudgee to start with,” he said.
“We’ve just got to walk into this and build up the numbers on the routes we have got but, of course, once that’s stabilised and if we’ve got aircraft and crew available, we can always look at other routes.”