Ballina Byron Gateway Airport
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Passengers can now Fly Pelican to Newcastle

THE first FlyPelican flight from Newcastle will touch down for its inaugural landing at the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport just after midday today.

The flight will be the first in a new daily route between Newcastle and Ballina airports.

From December 21, the FlyPelican flights will leave Newcastle at 7.20am, landing in Ballina at 8.40am with another morning return service departing Ballina at 9.10am and arriving in Newcastle at 10.30am.

FlyPelican is a Newcastle based independent regional airline that operates a fleet of 19 seat, pressurised British Aerospace Jetstream 32 aircraft.

FlyPelican CEO Paul Graham said the Newcastle to Ballina route was very well suited to the Jetstream 32 aircraft.

"Discussion with Ballina Shire Council have been very positive and Ballina Byron Gateway Airport has been performing very well with major traffic and passenger growth over the past few years," he said.

The return service will seat 19 passengers for a one hour and 20 minute flight between Newcastle and Ballina.

The flights start at $99 and can be purchased from the FlyPelican website at www.flypelican.com.au