Pe­ti­tion to get Ki­wis air­borne

Townsville Bulletin - - Lettersextra - ALLYBEEDEN, Townsville.

THERE is a ru­mour afoot that Free­dom Air is con­sid­er­ing di­rect flights be­tween Townsville and New Zealand.

We all know that Townsville is a fab­u­lous place to live with a great cli­mate and beau­ti­ful en­vi­ron­ment, let alone tip-top peo­ple, as the many Ki­wis who live here would agree (ap­prox­i­mately 20 per cent of the im­mi­grant pop­u­la­tion).

But some­times us Ki­wis would like to make the dash across the Tas­man to check in on fam­ily, friends and the green­ery of our home­land.

Whilst we can do this via Cairns, Bris­bane or Syd­ney, it is usu­ally at min­i­mum an eight-hour jour­ney and the cost of a dou­ble flight.

This pro­hibits fre­quent fly­ing to NZ by res­i­dents, lim­its tourism of friends and fam­ily want­ing to see where we are, let alone es­cape from the NZ win­ter.

In ad­di­tion, there are a lot of other Townsvil­lians who would love the op­por­tu­nity to fly to NZ, for its scenic beauty, the snow sea­son and cheap hol­i­days.

So, we would like to start a com­mu­nity pe­ti­tion to fur­ther en­cour­age Free­dom Air to se­ri­ously con­sider this op­tion, thereby sup­port­ing lo­cal res­i­dents, trans-Tas­man re­la­tions, cheap hol­i­days and all sorts of tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties.

If you or your read­ers are in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing this cause, please go to www.ipe­ti­tions/ pe­ti­tion/di­rect­flightTownsville and add your sig­na­ture.

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