Bi­weekly flights to Karumba start

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

BI­WEEKLY flights to Karumba have taken off.

Re­gional Ex­press has started fly­ing a 34-seat air­craft into Karumba un­til 29 June to boost tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­crease busi­ness devel­op­ment and im­prove ac­cess to med­i­cal, ed­u­ca­tion and other ser­vices.

Pas­sen­ger data and com- mu­nity feed­back from the trial will de­ter­mine if de­mand can sup­port per­ma­nent flights.

The new air ser­vices will op­er­ate in Cairns, Mt Isa and other com­mu­ni­ties on the Gulf air route.

As­sis­tant Trans­port Min­is­ter Glenn Butcher said the Gov­ern­ment wanted to make com­mu­ni­ties well-con­nected and make them bet­ter places to live.

Karumba Air­port’s run­way was up­graded in 2009.

The ser­vices op­er­ate as fol­lows: Mon­day ar­riv­ing from Mt Isa and de­part­ing to Cairns.

Thurs­day ar­riv­ing from Cairns and de­part­ing to Mt Isa.

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