DESPITE a push to build relationships with the business community Brindabella Airlines will also focus on the tourist market boosting Orange’s economy, according to the airline’s commercial manager James Blake.
The airline will host an information evening for members of the Orange Business Chamber and Taste Orange tomorrow night ahead of its first flights on February 18.
“We are a business airline ... but we’ve had a number of meetings in developing tourism,” Mr Blake said.
“I’ve spent a lot of time meeting with tourism stakeholders in many parts of the world and I’ve discussed the Orange services with a number of them.”
Mr Blake said the airline was bringing more aircraft on board meaning their routes would have more seats that can be filled by the tourist market.
Orange Business Chamber secretary Phil Robertson said local businesses would benefit from the second airline despite the push to attract passengers travelling from Sydney to Orange.
“It gives them a choice of a different time and because [Brindabella] is affiliated with Qantas frequent flyer points will apply,” he said.
“They will also have continuation with their baggage ... if you board in Orange your baggage doesn’t have to be collected.
“It will also encourage people like medical specialists to come to Orange for a day.”