Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Sydney—Bendigo air link a welcome boost for regions

Media Release

BM011/2018

11 December 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
Leader of The Nationals
Federal Member for Riverina

Qantas’ announcement of six weekly air services linking Bendigo and Sydney will be a welcomed boost for regional travel, tourism and connectivity, Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals’ Leader Michael McCormack says.

Mr McCormack said the Liberal & Nationals Government’s investment in the airport had born fruit.

“This announcement follows a recent $15 million upgrade to Bendigo Airport funded in partnership with the Victorian Government and the City of Greater Bendigo, which expanded it as an aviation hub and gateway to the Bendigo and Loddon Mallee region,” Mr McCormack said.

“This is fantastic news for the Bendigo community and the region’s businesses, which will now have direct and fast access to the large Sydney market, while these new services will also promote tourism to the region.

“This upgrade enabled larger aircraft to land at the airport, paving the way for passenger service expansions such as that announced by Qantas.”

Deputy Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said six services per week would start from 31 March 2019.

“The Qantas Bombardier Q300 flight will carry around 50 passengers per flight, delivering a real boost to the local economy,” Senator McKenzie said.

“We congratulate Qantas on becoming the first airline to operate regular passenger transport services following the airport upgrade.

“Having the service will mean that Bendigo is connected directly to domestic and regional flights, improving the freight links out of Bendigo and providing a stimulus to the local tourism industry.”