Big Sky brings Brisbane closer

By EMMA CORNFORD

GETTING from Grafton to Brisbane used to be a reasonably long affair, taking around three-and-a-half hours by car, three hours by train and even longer by bus.

But now the trip will be a lot quicker after Big Sky Express announced it will start Grafton to Brisbane flights on a standby basis. The flights, which will shed hours from the journey to the Clarence Valley's closest capital city, will get from Grafton to Brisbane's Archerfield Airport in one hour.

They are expected to run on a fortnightly basis, departing Grafton at 1pm on a Saturday and returning the next day at 12.45pm, to arrive in Grafton at 2.45pm, or 1.45pm when daylight saving ends.

Grafton Travel manager Geoff Shepherd said there had already been a number of enquiries about the flights, which cost $60 each way.

"Basically, Big Sky Express have to go up to Archerfield for maintenance anyway (and) thought they might as well give residents the opportunity to have part of a weekend in Brisbane."

Mr Shepherd said although people could book a month ahead flights would not be confirmed until the week of their flight.



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