Far West NSW opens up to tourism with return of passenger flights

Commercial air services have returned to the Far West of New South Wales with the first regular passenger flight taking off from Bourke for the first time in 12 years.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the new Airlink services would deliver tourists and business opportunities to Bourke, Walgett and Lightning Ridge and provide easier access to Dubbo Airport for locals travelling to Sydney and beyond.

“This flight does more than just connect the city and the country, it opens the NSW outback to the rest of the world,” Barilaro said.

“Overseas tourists wanting an authentic outback experience can now easily travel to Lightning Ridge to learn about black opals and visit the Artesian Bore Baths, gain an appreciation of Bourke’s art and culture history and enjoy Walgett’s hospitality.”

Air Link services is operating seven passenger seat Chieftain aircraft on round trips to Dubbo/Bourke on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Dubbo/Walgett on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and Walgett/Lightning Ridge on Tuesday and Thursday.

FlyPelican has also begun operating Metro Jetstream 32 aircraft seating up to 19 passengers on round trips between Cobar/Dubbo on Monday and Thursday and Cobar/Sydney on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

The flights have been scheduled to allow ample time for passengers to transfer to connecting flights from Dubbo to Sydney.