Council explores opportunities to connect Orange and Newcastle by air

Orange Council

Orange City Council is asking residents if they would support a new flight path from Orange to Newcastle.

Orange City Council’s Airport Community Committee Chair, Cr Jack Evans says there’s interest already.

“From conversations I’ve had with a number of local business owners and the support letters Council has received, it’s clear that people would utilise this service if it was available to them,” Cr Evans said.

“Quite a lot of people are already frequently travelling between Orange and Newcastle for a range of reasons, so it makes sense for the two cities to be connected by air.”

Once Council gauges thoughts from the wider community, conversations with regional airline carriers will commence to see if there is opportunity to add an additional flight route from Orange.

“Council, along with the NSW and federal governments has invested significantly in the airport over the last decade, now making it one of the best regional airports in NSW,” Cr Evans said.

“We already know there are some strong connections between Orange and Newcastle in education and industry. We also know there are some similarities across sectors such as mining and winemaking.”

Residents have a month to share their thoughts with Council via an online survey. The survey is open until Tuesday 4 June 2024. The survey will ask the likelihood to use the service, the reason to travel and the preferred time and day of travel.

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