JETGO FLIGHTS IN JEOPARDY
Airline to review service after dismal numbers, but no cancellation
REGIONAL airline Jetgo will be reviewing their flight route between Hervey Bay and Melbourne after low booking numbers put the service in jeopardy.
Emails obtained by the Chronicle reveal only one passenger is booked on the first flight from Hervey Bay to Melbourne, while eight passengers are booked on the first flight between Melbourne and Hervey Bay.
Despite the numbers, the airline has not cancelled the service.
Rumours of the cancellation surfaced on Thursday after a notice posted to the Facebook group We Want Melbourne Flights from Hervey Bay.
The post alleged Jetgo was pulling out of the much-anticipated service.
“Unfortunately the airline did not receive the numbers that they were hoping for, but as the locals know you have to prove yourself first and not pull out without trying first,” the post reads.
“We are Hervey Bay, not the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast.”
But Jetgo managing director airlines Paul Bredereck said the service was still going ahead.
“Nothing has changed at our end,” Mr Bredereck said.
“We are certainly not in any rush to prematurely can it after the money and effort we have put in.”
Mr Bredereck said initial bookings were “very disappointing” to the point they had “stopped dead in the last couple of weeks.”
“If we had sold 40% of the seats, four weeks out from commencement, then we would have had confidence to build upon, but the advanced bookings are far less than this, we were hoping to see bookings continue to trickle in,” he said.
The much-anticipated service was due to start in July, but was delayed to October 30 due to low booking numbers.
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