RyanairGuru wrote:tayser wrote:QF742 wrote:
This is a very interesting addition and I hope it works out. I had to google where the airport actually is and from what I can see the main catchment area is Bendigo and it’s immediate surrounds. It seems that if you were travelling to Ballarat, Daylesford etc it would probably be more convenient to fly to MEL.
Bendigo's got 100,000 people in its metro area, if you add places like Rochester/Kerang/Echuca (all north of the city) it makes the catchment a little larger, but yes, it's very much a service for Bendigo and its immediate surrounds.
Ballarat (and Geelong) are closer to Melbourne than Bendigo - but I wouldn't rule out a progressive upgrade of Ballarat's airfield (like what's been happening at Bendigo over the past few years) to allow a regional service to Ballarat to start like the one Bendigo's now got. Ballarat's also got about 100,000 people in its metro area.
That makes the metro area a similar size to Toowoomba. After the relative success of services to WTB it's good to see QF trying other comparable markets. SYD-WTB is 12 weekly (one service on Tue and Sat, two services on other days) so hopefully in time BXG can develop a similar level of service.
Does BXG have security facilities to enable Q400 operations, or will it need to be a Dash 300 route?
I doubt the security facilities exist at this stage since BXG has no RPT operators currently. The new QLink service is operating with Q300s per the QF media (and online booking system). Perhaps in time we will see a BXG-ADL service offered as well, which will again use the Q300 no doubt.