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Friday, July 12, 2013

New Dubbo airline ConnectJet to launch by end of 2013

New Air Services for Dubbo and Griffith

Dubbo, Australia – July 10, 2013 – It is with much pleasure Connect Jet – a new brand of Airline – announces new air services connecting Dubbo N.S.W to Melbourne (Essendon) and to Griffith by the end of the year. Connect Jet plans to operate 24 weekly services operating 7 days per week to Melbourne (Essendon) offering customers early morning departures and evening return flights.

After extensive research and countless surveys the Connect Jet Group have built what we believe is a customer friendly and workable timetable schedule based purely on the research attained.

Furthermore we are currently in the process of introducing further new routes that will service destinations like Cobar, Newcastle and the Gold Coast and Brisbane. All our routes will interact with each other to be able to streamline our services making our customers connect to these exciting new destinations. The selection of the Beech 1900D is a very popular choice of aircraft which gives us a fast, comfortable and reliable turbo prop aircraft which is ideally suited for these services.

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When Connect Jet first entered negotiations with Dubbo City Council in July 2012, there was no mention of any security screening and charges related to the screening. Along the way Dubbo City Council changed its position and insists on all RPT carriers being screened and paying its share of screening charges to facilitate the entry of Qantas’ larger aircraft that require screening.

These additional charges will make our services non commercially viable and force us to consider other airports like Narromine Airport. Since then the Dubbo City Council has requested us to renegotiate an outcome. Connect Jet will reconsider using Dubbo Airport if it does not need to pay for security charges that are not required by law and which simply goes to subsidise Qantas services.

We will be in further discussion with the Dubbo City Council this week and the latter will make a final decision at its council meeting on 22 July 2013. We are confident that the Dubbo City Council will put the interest of the Dubbo community first and to make a decision that will have tremendous benefit to the entire community and surrounding areas like Nyngan and Mudgee as well.

On behalf of all the team at Connect Jet this has been a hard two years of excellent research with a wonderful outcome. We look forward to providing you all with the new services and growing in Regional Australia.

To you the valued guest trying this new brand of airline, we say “Welcome Aboard”