TIGERAIR has launched its Coffs Harbour to Melbourne service with the inaugural flight touching down at Coffs Harbour Regional Airport today.
The flight arrived at 10.47am, eight minutes ahead of schedule.
The introduction of the service means three weekly return flights will operate between the cities – adding more than 1000 additional seats travelling to and from Coffs Harbour Regional Airport each week.
Airport manager Dennis Martin said the new service demonstrates confidence in the Coffs Coast tourism industry.
“The new flights cater for tourism and business, and offers a significant contribution to our local economy,” Mr Martin said.
The first direct Tigerair flight from Melbourne has landed in Coffs Harbour.
The new service is expected to see airport traffic bounce-back after a drop in 2014.
Mr Martin said passenger numbers expected to rise to more than 400,000 in 2016.
Tigerair Commercial Director Adam Rowe said he was confident the new route would be popular.
“Coffs Harbour is a great tourism destination for families and leisure seekers, with a fantastic year round climate, great beaches and resorts,” Mr Rowe said.
“We are confident this new route will be popular with both local Coffs Harbour residents and Melburnians seeking an affordable getaway.”