Up to 15 new jobs will be created as regional airline and charter company FlyPelican signs a new lease at Newcastle Airport.
Although it has had a base at Newcastle Airport in New South Wales since 2015, FlyPelican has now identified a commercial need for an expanded footprint to accommodate its maintenance activities and expanding team. FlyPelican’s new head office occupies 1,230m2 on site, including hangar and office accommodation capable of housing three aircraft and 50 team members.
Base maintenance of FlyPelican’s fleet of British Aerospace Jetstream 32 aircraft will be located at Newcastle Airport, and the airline is also assembling a team of local maintenance engineers to carry out this critical work in its new hangar.
Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock said FlyPelican’s base of operations is a welcome addition.
“We’re proud to partner with airlines who align with our vision to be the airport the region
deserves. For the past six years, FlyPelican has been with us on this journey, offering key regional services to our catchment.
“It makes absolute sense that it would choose to consolidate its operation under one roof and we are honoured that the airline chose to do that at our site.
FlyPelican CEO Marty Hawley echoed Cock’s words, saying the decision to move his airline’s base of operations to Newcastle Airport was an easy one.
“Basing our operation at Newcastle Airport has allowed FlyPelican to create local jobs for
local people. As Newcastle’s leading regional airline, it was the logical next step to base our operation at Newcastle Airport.”
Newcastle Airport is home to the majority of FlyPelican’s fleet, with flights direct from
Newcastle to Dubbo, Ballina/Byron Bay, Sydney, Canberra and the Sunshine Coast.