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Airservices will make changes to approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Coffs Harbour Airport from 18 July 2019.

Why are the changes necessary?

Since 2007, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has encouraged its members to implement approach procedures with vertical (straight up and down) guidance to improve safety for aircraft arriving to and landing at airports.

One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology.

Baro-VNAV is a technology available on most modern aircraft. It allows aircraft to land more smoothly, without using ground based navigation equipment. It also reduces the workload for pilots and decreases their reliance on visual assessments, making landing safer.

The introduction of Baro-NAV technology requires a number of minor changes to existing arrival procedures at Coffs Harbour Airport.

What is going to change?

For more information on the changes please see the Fact Sheet – Coffs Harbour Approach Procedures Changes under Resources.

How can I get more information?

For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

  • 1800 802 584 (free call)
  • 131 450 (interpreter service)

General feedback can be provided:

Happy Birthday Fly Corporate!

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Fly Corporate is marking the April 11 anniversary of its first flight to Brisbane from Coffs Harbour with a competition to win tickets, accommodation and flights to the first 2017 State of Origin game.

“Fly Corporate has filled an important gap in Coffs Harbour Regional Airport’s services by providing six direct flights a week to Brisbane,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.

“Since the flights began, passengers have been bowled over by the excellent on-board and on-ground service they enjoy with the airline, as well as the convenience of a short flight as opposed to a long car journey.”

Airport Manager Dennis Martin said Fly Corporate’s services had opened up an easy link to Brisbane for Coffs Harbour locals, as well as to passengers from throughout southern Queensland and much further afield

“The company’s flight timetable is ideal for business travel because it allows passengers to get to and from Brisbane in one day, while also having plenty of time to conduct their business. It’s convenient, comfortable and very affordable,” he said.

Fly Corporate operates direct flights daily on Mondays to Fridays, as well as a weekend getaway service that departs Friday evenings and returns on Sundays.

Free drinks and refreshments are provided by experienced cabin crews on each flight.

Sales Manager of Fly Corporate, Geoff Woodham said: “The support we have been provided by the Coffs Harbour community is very much appreciated and 12 months on indicates our commitment to connecting locals and businesses to the Queensland capital, Brisbane.

“We firmly believe that providing this service will continue to boost key business markets for both Centres and also connecting travellers for medical appointments and leisure holidays whether it be within Australia or abroad.  We are delighted with the success.”

Anyone booking a ticket between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane with Fly Corporate until May 10 will automatically go into a draw to win two Gold State of Origin tickets for Game 1 on May 31, one night’s accommodation at the Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane and return flights on Fly Corporate for two people.

Fares from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane start $139 one way. To book visit

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Airport Achieves Another Milestone

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Coffs Harbour Regional Airport has reached another significant milestone.
The airport has passed the 400,000 passenger mark, an all-time record, and will reach 420,000 by the end of the financial year.
According to Airport Manager, Dennis Martin this result is particularly pleasing as it has been achieved within a subdued domestic aviation environment nationally.
“We have been working on a specific growth strategy for several years which involved the development of detailed business proposals and extensive negotiations with our airline partners and it is nice to see positive outcomes as a result,” he said.
Coffs Harbour is now serviced by five airlines, Qantaslink, Virgin Australia, Tigerair, Fly Corporate and Fly Pelican operating direct flights to Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane and Newcastle.
Like most businesses critical mass is a cornerstone to a solid foundation for future growth and sustainability and with the airport heading towards half a million passengers per annum Coffs Harbour is fast becoming one of the best regional airports in Australia.
Major upgrade work to the terminal and aircraft parking areas will ensure that Coffs Harbour has the infrastructure and services to cater for projected growth for many years to come.
On completion of current works the airport will be able to process over 1,000 passengers per hour during peak periods.

Flight needs support

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THE flight service from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane needs your support but Fly Corporate said it would be staying into the foreseeable future.

Fly Corporate business development officer Jeff Boyd said the company had no intention of pulling its services out of Coffs Harbour.

Since the flight service to Brisbane took off in March this year, Mr Boyd said Fly Corporate had its highest average patronage.

“Last month we averaged 18.5 passengers,” he said.

Mr Boyd said the average number of passengers had steadily grown since March and downsizing the plane would not be feasible.

“Our next plane from the Saab is an 18-seater,” he said.

Mr Boyd said the current patronage had outgrown the smaller plane and the Saab 340B Plus aircraft which seats 34 passengers was still needed.

After seven months of operation Mr Boyd said it had neared the point of sustaining business.

“We’re heading in the right direction. We’re nearly there, if we can get to 20 to 22 (passengers) a flight a month that will be fantastic,” he said.

“We are very committed to Coffs Harbour.”

At last Wednesday’s Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce lunch, chamber president and deputy mayor George Cecato said Coffs Coast residents needed to show support for the service.

“We need to support it and make sure they are here for many years to come,” he said.

“Just think whenever you’ve got a meeting in Brisbane, whenever you want to go see a show, whenever you want to fly nationally or internationally, think of Brisbane and think of that flight.”

Cr Cecato said the flight service helped open up a tourism market of 500,000 people along with other services.

“We have got flights to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and now Newcastle,” he said.


Fly Corporate released more reduced priced tickets and a family special where the second child flies free.

Groundwork for multi-million dollar airport upgrade begins

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A MULTI-MILLION dollar upgrade to the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport started today.

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said groundwork started on the $6.5 million runway apron area expansion and terminal upgrade this morning.

“The Coffs Harbour airport upgrade was supported by the $110 million Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund which funds projects such as rail trails, regional airports and cruise infrastructure,” he said.

“The upgrade will allow more aircraft to be on the tarmac at the airport and provide a greater capacity to process increased visitor numbers in the terminal.

“Coffs Harbour airport plays a crucial role in the long-term viability and growth of the local Coffs Harbour economy and is an essential entry point to the region, providing services to more than 350,000 passengers annually.

“This investment by the NSW Government will boost tourism and business investment in the area, paving the way for more local jobs and economic return.”

Mr Fraser said the upgrades were expected to create about 80 jobs once the project was finished.

The upgrade will extend the runway apron area and terminal facilities, which Mr Fraser said would “help improve services for locals and visitors”.

Minister for Regional Development, John Barilaro, said the $110 million investment to regional areas continued to give people in regional NSW better access to services across the state.

“This is just another example of how the NSW Government is delivering more jobs, new business opportunities and a greater standard of living for the people of regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Regional NSW is an economic powerhouse and the NSW Government will continue to invest for the long term, building the skills and confidence our regional communities need to create and grow jobs for now and for the future.”

The NSW Government is delivering:

  • $6 billion under Rebuilding NSW
  • $240 million for mining-affected communities under the Resources for Regions Fund
  • $110 million under the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund
  • $92 million with the Commonwealth and carriers under round one of the Commonwealth’s Mobile Black Spots Program
  • $32 million through the Commonwealth’s Murray Darling Basin Economic Diversification Fund.

Is it a bird or plane? FlyPelican flight lands in Coffs

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JETTING in, the inaugural FlyPelican flight from Newcastle touched down at Coffs Harbour Airport on Monday afternoon to mark the start of a new service.

The new FlyPelican service will offer flights to and from Coffs Harbour and Newcastle.

Aboard the inaugural flight on Monday was two Newcastle Jets players, Jason Hoffman and Aleksandr Kokko, who scoped out Coffs Harbour before the clash against Melbourne City in January next year.

Hoffman, from Newcastle, said he often travelled to Coffs Harbour with his family for holidays when he younger.

With this sentiment Hoffman said Coffs Harbour would feel more like a home ground when the Jets take to the C.ex Coffs International Stadium’s turf.

Hoffman said he hoped the Jets would be able to field as a good team as at the weekend, when they beat the Brisbane Roar 4-0.

The Newcastle Jets would be matched against some tough competitors when they face Melbourne City, which possibly includes Socceroo Tim Cahill.

Hoffman said the 45-minute flight from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour was very comfortable and it was a pleasure being on the first FlyPelican flight to Coffs Harbour.

Kokko also said the flight was very comfortable.

“I can even check my Snapchat,” he said.

The pair flew in briefly before returning to their training camp.

Coffs Harbour deputy mayor George Cecato said the new flight service would offer good steps and open access to sporting events, entertainment and medical centres.

Cr Cecato said he hoped Coffs Harbour could showcase what it could offer to a wider population.

FlyPelican CEO Paul Graham said the service “was a long time coming” and was excited about the opportunity to link up Coffs Harbour and Newcastle. Mr Graham said he hoped it would attract both leisure and business travellers.

Flights cost $99 including taxes and depart from Coffs Harbour and Newcastle on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. For more information, visit or phone 49650111.

Why drive when you can fly?

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IN WHAT can sometimes be a five hour drive from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane, a new alternative route will get you to Queensland’s sunny capital in a fifth of the time.

Fly Corporate provide direct flights between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane, saving you that tedious drive through the Highway construction works and bumper-to-bumper traffic.

While the name instantly makes you think of an exclusive service for rich businessman, don’t be fooled.

From young families to those wanting a weekend to party in Fortitude Valley, many are taking advantage of this affordable service.

The 34 seater SAAB 340B Plus aircraft is a cosy setting to jet set to the sunshine state with individual or paired seating options.

Airline staff provided an excellent service from take off to landing and were very conscious of the needs of passengers.

The morning flight provides a complimentary healthy breakfast consisting of yoghurt and fruit, a muesli bar and a juice.

Tea and coffee was also available for the duration of the flight.

Alcoholic beverages are served on the evening flight along with hummus and crackers, chips and a sweet as a light evening snack.

So instead of battling the traffic on the drive to Brisbane, why not take to the skies and fly direct?

For flight details, visit the Fly Corporate website.

New route lifts off to Melbourne

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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.”