Keeping Sharp Airlines in the air in Western Victoria

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The Victorian Government has provided a vital lifeline to Sharp Airlines to keep flights between Essendon, Warrnambool and Portland in the air.

After close to thirty years of successful operation, Sharp Airlines was due to fly its last service.

The Victorian Government has been working with the company on concerns over patronage and freight services of the route and is now stepping in to provide assistance.

In response, the Victorian Government has joined with local governments in providing funding support to Sharp Airlines for six months and will work with the airline, Glenelg Shire Council, Warrnambool City Council, regional tourism bodies, and industry to increase passenger numbers.

These agencies will work together to explore new flight options, accommodation and tour packages to increase flight sales to attractions such as the Twelve Apostles, Tower Hill, Budj Bim and Cape Bridgewater.

The Victorian Government’s assistance guarantees the twice-daily-weekday and Sunday services continue until July 2019.

Source: Vic Government