Fly Corporate has been announced as the new provider of passenger services for Illawarra Regional Airport.
According to a Shellharbour council spokeswoman, services from the Albion Park Rail airport to Melbourne and Brisbane will start on November 12.
Canberra-based Corporate Air, which operates the Fly Corporate brand, has been in business since 1972 and currently operates over 140 flights per week.
Fly Corporate’s regional airline network includes Armidale, Biloela (Thangool), Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Inverell, Melbourne, Moree, Narrabri, Orange, Sydney and Tamworth.
According to its website, the company employs over 90 staff and operates 13 aircraft.
“Corporate Air has not experienced the explosive growth that some aviation companies experience,” the website states.
“The organisation has very deliberately taken a conservative, safe and strategic approach to business. As a result, it is one of the few organisations that has operated in the regional aviation market for more than 46 years.
“The company has an unblemished safety record.”
Shellharbour councillors held a closed session during Tuesday night’s council meeting, before publicly announcing the successful tenderer.
The Mercury has previously reported that charter company Stratus Aviation also lodged an official bid.
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