The most recent statistics published by BITRE shows growth in passenger numbers through Griffith Airport continues unabated.
As at April 2019, annual passenger movements through Griffith Airport increased by 12.1% to reach an all time record of 83,900 for the year. This places Griffith as the 42nd largest airport in Australia, leaping ahead of larger regional centres like Orange and Mount Gambier.
The new Melbourne service operated by Sharp Airlines will add somewhere from 8,000 to 10,000 passengers to those existing numbers, likely putting Griffith into the Top 40 of Australian airport rankings.
In reality, that ranking isn’t very important. What’s important is that Griffith is finally reconnected to Australia’s other major metropolis. Whether for culture or business, Melbourne continues to challenge the role of Sydney for supremacy, and is likely to pull ahead very soon.
The new flights direct to Melbourne are a strategic asset for Griffith. It’s vital that everyone gets behind Sharp Airlines and ensures that this new service succeeds.
And even more importantly, think of the time you’ll save.
This week Sharp Airlines, in conjunction with its marketing partner EastWest, announced that they will start a Griffith to Melbourne service.
From Monday 15 July, the airline will run 12 flights a week between Griffith and the Victorian capital. The service will be provided using 19 passenger Fairchild Metroliner 23 aircraft. These fast turboprop airliners will complete the Melbourne flight in under an hour.
The airline will provide daily flights (except Saturday), with morning flights Monday to Thursday, and evening flights on Fridays and Sundays.
In addition to Griffith to Melbourne services, over coming months Sharp plans to offer through flights from Griffith to King and Flinders Islands in Tasmania opening up a range of coastal leisure, golfing and adventure opportunities for Riverina residents.
“Sharp Airlines will commence daily return flights between Griffith and Melbourne from Monday 15 July 2019” said Malcolm Sharp, Sharp Airlines Managing Director. “The Metroliner 23 aircraft seats 19 passengers in comfort, with a flight time of just one hour between Griffith and Melbourne. There is also potential and capacity to increase the frequency of flights if sufficient demand for additional flights becomes evident.”