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Coffs Harbour Airport transferred under long term lease to Palisade Investment Partners

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1 June 2021


Coffs Harbour Airport transferred under long term lease to Palisade Investment Partners

Coffs Harbour Airport operations have now transferred to Palisade Investment Partners, under a long term lease agreement with Coffs Harbour Council.

The 50-year lease (with a 49-year option) begins today and sees incoming General Manager for Coffs Harbour Airport, Frank Mondello, take the reins.

Palisade also confirmed that Coffs Harbour Airport would be supported by a newly established management group, Agilis Airports, which would also oversee Sunshine Coast Airport.

The Agilis Airports team has a track record in Australia and overseas, including experience with Heathrow, Sydney, Brisbane, Christchurch, Gold Coast, Darwin and Sunshine Coast airports. Agilis Airports is headed up by Andrew Brodie, who retains his role as CEO of Sunshine Coast Airport.

Coffs Harbour Airport will be overseen by a board chaired by aviation industry stalwart, Dennis Chant.

General Manager of Coffs Harbour Airport, Frank Mondello, said the Coffs Harbour region had an exciting future, and the Airport had an important role in helping it reach its potential.

“The opportunities for the Coffs Coast region are significant with a stunning natural environment, fantastic lifestyle and enviable geographic location on Australia’s east coast,” Mr Mondello said.

“Over the last few months, we have been working closely with the existing Coffs Harbour Airport team and the Coffs Harbour City Council to add more destinations, airlines and frequencies and to ensure a smooth transition of airport operations.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with the tourism industry, local businesses and the broader community to ensure we make the most of the opportunities for the Airport to deliver benefits to the region.”

Investment Director, Palisade Investment Partners, Mike Reynolds, said Coffs Harbour was set to benefit from a significant pipeline of investment, such as the $1.8 billion bypass project and the $194 million Coffs Harbour Hospital Campus Expansion.

“The Coffs Coast region one of the fastest growing regional areas within New South Wales and the Airport presents an exciting opportunity not only for the Coffs community, but also for Palisade investors,” Mr Reynolds said.

“We look forward to working with Coffs Harbour City Council and the broader region to grow the Airport through aviation capacity and diversifying revenue with the development of the Airport Enterprise Park.”

Media contact: Ayllie White, Agilis Airports, 0408 058 263

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Link Airways adds additional direct flights connecting Coffs Harbour and Brisbane

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21 May 2021


Link Airways adds additional direct flights connecting Coffs Harbour and Brisbane

Coffs Harbour Airport welcomes the news that Link Airways will add further direct flights connecting Coffs Harbour and Brisbane from Sunday 30 May 2021.

These additional direct flights on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will not only improve connectivity for business and tourism but will also put Brisbane within easy reach for medical appointments, leisure and easy access to access to connecting domestic flights.

They also provide passengers from the Coffs Harbour region the opportunity to spend a full business day in Brisbane and return home that same afternoon.

Today’s announcement is further evidence of Link Airways’ commitment to re-grow air services to this vibrant regional centre. Link Airways would also like to take this opportunity to thank loyal customers and the community for the support that they have shown over the last five years.

Key Facts

• Effective Date: Sunday 30 May 2021.
• Flight frequency: Sunday to Friday inclusive, 12 weekly services.
• Fares: $159 one-way all-inclusive Deal fares are available now.
• Bookings: or through on-line and shop front travel agents.
• Customer Service: 1300 851 269 (+61 2 6123 1999).

The full schedule of flights on the route whether direct or via Armidale is reflected below:


BNE – CFS: 16:30 – 17:30 (Direct)



CFS – BNE: 07:00 – 8:00 (Direct)

BNE – CFS: 16:30 – 17:30 (Direct)



CFS – BNE: 7:00 – 8:00 (Direct)

CFS – BNE: 16:40 – 17:40 (Direct)

BNE – CFS: 14:15 – 16:15 (via Armidale)



CFS – BNE: 16:40 – 17:40 (Direct)

BNE – CFS: 14:15 – 16:15 (via Armidale)



BNE – CFS: 16:30 – 17:30 (Direct)



CFS – BNE: 7:00 – 8:00 (Direct)

CFS – BNE: 17:55 – 19:55 (via Armidale)

BNE – CFS: 16:30 – 17:30 (Direct)


Flights between the two destinations can be purchased here:

Photo location: Emporium Hotel South Bank

Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

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Coffs welcomes Queenslanders with new Qantas flights from Brisbane

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29 April 2021


Coffs welcomes Queenslanders with new Qantas flights from Brisbane

Coffs Harbour Airport today welcomes the second of two new flight routes operated by Qantas into the region with its Brisbane service.

The new service will connect locals to Queensland’s capital as the second airline to operate the route into Coffs Harbour Airport.

Commencing just in time for the Labour Day (QLD) public holiday, this service will be operated by a turboprop Q400 aircraft four times a week providing over 31,000 seats between the destinations per year.

“These direct flights to Coffs Harbour will help support the growing demand for domestic travel and have flow on benefits for local businesses looking to recover from the impact of COVID-19” says QantasLink CEO John Gissing.

“We want to encourage travellers to holiday around Australia and with these new flights, we’re now offering more seats into Coffs Harbour than before COVID-19.

“The new route to Brisbane means we now offer direct flights from Coffs Harbour to three east coast capital cities, making it easier for residents to travel for business and visit family and friends.”

Incoming Coffs Harbour Airport General Manager, Frank Mondello, said the new service provided a fantastic opportunity for local tourism operators in the wider region.

“Connecting the capital of Queensland to a premier holiday destination in the Coffs Coast, and surrounding Clarence, Bellingen and Nambucca Shires will add a much-needed tourism boost to the economy.

“Not appealing just to holiday makers, this route offered by Qantas will attract business travel as passengers can opt for a 60-minute flight in lieu of the drive along the Pacific Highway.

“We also know plenty of Coffs locals have family and friends up in Brisbane, and what better way than to be from your home into Queensland’s capital within an hour.”

Leading up to the acquisition of a long-term lease of Coffs Harbour Airport by Palisade Investment Group, Mr. Mondello was optimistic about the economic recovery of the region.

“Having these direct flights will not only pave the way for a strong tourism recovery after COVID-19, but will further strengthen the region’s business links.”

Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight said she was delighted to see Qantas commence on the Brisbane route.

“Once again Coffs Harbour Airport is able to offer passengers more choice with a second airline servicing Brisbane. South East Queensland is an important market for the Coffs Coast tourism industry so having competition for the hour-long flight between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane will provide another – very welcome – boost to our local economy and broader community.”

Random passengers on the first flight were also surprised with a ‘lucky luggage’ initiative thanks to Coffs Coast. Purchased from businesses directly, passengers on the plane were treated to $50 vouchers to The Big Banana Fun Park, Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, Surf Club Bar & Restaurant, Montem Bike Tours, Element Bar & C-Change Adventures.

Flights between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane can be purchased here:

Picture credit: Coffs Coast Advocate

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New flights added to Coffs Harbour route

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Feeling the need for a change of scenery?

From 1st April 2021, you can now fly from Coffs to Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

And you can choose from 3 different airlines.

  • Qantas has added new flight routes for Coffs – direct flights from Melbourne and Brisbane. It’s also increased the size of its daily Sydney service. Read more.
  • Rex has started flying from Coffs to Sydney with 3 flights a day. Read more.
  • Link Airways continues to fly to Brisbane.

Book your flight from the Coffs Coast to various destinations today.


Qantas to launch Coffs direct to Melbourne and Brisbane from 1st April 2021

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February 2021:

Qantas will launch direct flights to Coffs Harbour from Melbourne and Brisbane as well as increase the aircraft size on one of its daily Sydney services from 1 April, just in time for the Easter holidays.

The major capacity boost coincides with the expected start of the lease of Coffs Harbour Airport from Coffs Harbour Council to Palisade Investment Partners.

The services include:

 Up to seven weekly services between Coffs Harbour and Melbourne, operated by a 110 seat Boeing 717;

 Four weekly services between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane, operated by a 74 seat Dash 8 Q400; and

 The larger 110 seat Boeing 717 aircraft being deployed between Coffs Harbour and Sydney at least seven times a week.

The major capacity boost will deliver around 2,600 additional seats for the region every week, or 135,000 seats a year.

QantasLink CEO John Gissing said these new routes would provide Australians with more options to plan their next holiday in their own backyard.

“With international borders closed, we want to make it even easier for travellers to holiday around Australia,” said Mr Gissing.

“The beautiful coastal hub of Coffs Harbour continues to be incredibly popular with travellers, so it makes sense to provide direct connections from other capital cities to make it even more accessible.

“These new flights are good news for local businesses, hospitality and tour operators, helping drive tourism and reviving the industry that has been hurting from COVID-19.”

Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said the Qantas announcement was a great signal for the future of Coffs Harbour Airport.

“This is an incredibly auspicious start to our partnership with Palisade Investment Partners and it’s great to see we’re getting runs on the board so quickly,” Ms Knight said.

“Having regular flights to Melbourne restored and increased services on both the Sydney and Brisbane routes is going to provide a fantastic opportunity to boost tourism and the broader economy of the region.

“It’s fabulous news for the Coffs Harbour community and the entire Coffs Coast.”

CEO of the management company that will oversee Coffs Harbour Airport, Andrew Brodie, said his team was delighted to work with Qantas and Coffs Harbour City Council to secure additional flights in the lead up to the lease of the Airport to Palisade Investment Partners.

“We are passionate about the role Coffs Harbour Airport will play in helping the region reach its potential as a vibrant hub by building connections and supporting growth,” Mr Brodie said.

“Direct services to Melbourne is a massive coup for the Coffs community, with Qantas now giving direct access to three fantastic state capital cities, supporting a growing business travel market and providing important links to family and friends.

“It is also a fantastic opportunity for the local tourism industry to target new and growing markets, with these services set to deliver high value visitors to the Coffs Coast region eager to explore the beautiful beaches, stunning national parks and relaxed coastal towns.”

Qantas is offering a $129 one way launch sale fare to Brisbane and Melbourne, for periods of travel between April and October.

Qantas New Flights Coffs Harbour

New Body Scanner for Passenger Screening at Coffs Harbour Airport

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December 2020: Amendments to the Aviation Transport Security Regulations have required the installation of a new Body Scanner at Coffs Harbour Airports screening point.

The new Body Scanner uses millimetre wave technology to look for items that may be prohibited from air travel.

Coffs Harbour Airport Manager Glenn Robinson said “it does not penetrate the body and does not detect gender, but is sensitive enough to identify items such as tissues, notes (currency) and handkerchiefs.

“To ensure the fastest progression through the screening point passengers should remove all loose items, including belts, prior to their initial screening.

“We thank all our passengers and visitors for continued cooperation as we meet our regulatory obligations and further enhance aviation security.”

The Body Scanner installation was completed by Coffs Harbour City Council, with support from the Australian Governments Regional Airports Screening Infrastructure (RASI) Program.


Coffs Attracts More Qantas Flights

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November 2020: Flying from Coffs to Sydney and back on the same day is finally possible again with Qantas recently adding extra services to the route.

“Qantas are now offering 14 flights a week including a new 6.30am departure on select days. This is the first time since before the pandemic that we’ve been able to offer an early flight to Sydney,” said Coffs Harbour Airport Manager Glenn Robinson.

“The early departure means that once again you can go to Sydney and back in a day – perfect for business travel, a medical appointment, or simply to catch up with family and friends you haven’t seen in a while.”

Passengers can travel with confidence knowing there are COVIDSafe measures in place at Coffs Harbour Airport. Travellers will be asked to:

  • Maintain 1.5m social distancing;
  • Use the hand sanitiser stations provided;
  • Take note of the COVID-19 related signage and broadcasts;
  • Refrain from travelling at all if you are feeling unwell; and
  • Make use of the COVIDSafe App.

Flights are available to book now. You can view the flight schedules via

Additional flights between Sydney and Coffs with Qantas

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In response to demand Qantas have scheduled an additional 3 flights per week from Sydney to Coffs Harbour from 14th June 2020 onwards.

This brings the total Qantas flights between Sydney and Coffs Harbour to 5 per week, from 14th June.

The flying days vary. For further information on flights, prices and availability, visit

and for Coffs Harbour Airport updates, visit    and

Contact – Glenn Robinson, Airport Manager, Coffs Harbour Airport. 

Mobile 0449 517 574



Coffs Harbour Airport – Air Services Update

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With assistance from the Commonwealth Government’s $198 million Regional Air Network Assistance Package, twice-weekly air services between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane have been reinstated by Fly Corporate.

Each Wednesday and Friday, Fly Corporate departs Coffs Harbour at 09.25 am for Brisbane (via Armidale) arriving at 11.25 am. The direct return flight service departs Brisbane at 08.00 am arriving at 09.00 am into Coffs Harbour.

Coffs Harbour airport manager, Glenn Robinson said, “It is fantastic to see Fly Corporate back in the air. With the support of the Commonwealth Government, we now have reliable schedules for those that have a legitimate need to travel to and from the region”.

As on the ground, travelling by air requires airlines to implement Covid-19 social distancing principles. This means that not every seat on each flight is available for purchase as passengers are seated apart throughout the cabin.

Pat Conaghan, MP for Cowper said, “The Commonwealth Government recognises the need for air services to be maintained to connect regional Australia to major capitals for medical testing, freight, supplies and essential personnel. Coffs Harbour is one of the country’s major regional economic, educational and medical hubs on north coast New South Wales and it is imperative we keep this and other regional air routes open”.

In addition to Corporate Air services between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane, QantasLink operates twice-weekly flights to and from Sydney each Friday and Monday.

Despite the significant drop in air traffic, Coffs Harbour Airport continues to be maintained and operated to the required regulatory standard.

For further information on flights, prices and availability, visit  and

and for Coffs Harbour Airport updates, visit    and

Contact – Glenn Robinson, Airport Manager, Coffs Harbour Airport. 

Mobile 0449 517 574


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Fly Corporate has entered into a Grant Agreement with the Federal Government to provide a minimum weekly schedule from Monday 4 May 2020 to the regional ports it serviced prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the Fly Corporate press release please click here which includes the updated Coffs Harbour flight schedule.