Regional carrier Air Link has announced regular air services for NSW rural communities will start soon, thanks to a partnership with the Far North West Joint Organisation (FNWJO) and the NSW Nationals in Government.

Air Link will operate scheduled services between Dubbo and the rural communities of Bourke, Walgett and Lightning Ridge, with three return flights a week to Bourke and Walgett and two services a week to Lightning Ridge via Walgett.

The Air Link schedules have been coordinated to ensure onward connections are possible, enabling travellers to now easily connect with Sydney flights.

The new air services will provide a great transport alternative for government, businesses and all residences within the local community.

To support locals, Air Link is providing “Community Fares”. Full-time residents, within the local government areas of Bourke, Walgett and Brewarrina will have access to the “Community Fares”. This will provide all local residences with affordable access to the Air Link scheduled services.

  • Eligible community fare postcodes: 2840, 2840, 2840, 2840, 2831, 2839, 2838, 2835, 2877, 2877, 2672, 2835, 2877, 2831, 2831, 2832, 2832, 2832, 2833, 2833, 2834, 2386, 2387, 2387

Air Link General Manager Ron O’Brien said his team had been busy finalising all the regulatory requirements and third-party arrangements for the desperately-needed air service.

“The service is a strategic link in providing direct access to the regional hub of Dubbo and perhaps as importantly, connections to Australia’s largest city, Sydney,” Mr O’Brien said.

When the services were announced, Minister for Western NSW Adam Marshall said it was a red-letter day for the west and the air services would make a huge difference to the lives of locals, many of whom hadn’t had access to regular passenger services for more than a decade.

“It’s been 12 long years since passenger flights last touched down in Walgett and Bourke, which is far too long,” Mr Marshall said. “Country people deserve the same access to transport services as their city counterparts and these new air services will go a long way towards levelling that playing field.”

For more information and bookings, visit the Air Link website.