Air­line to re­view ser­vice after dis­mal num­bers, but no can­cel­la­tion

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - Blake Antrobus blake.antrobus@fraser­coastchron­i­

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.

What are your thoughts on the Jetgo flights? Let us know at ed­i­to­rial@fraser­coast chron­i­

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