By By Emma Kelly, Australia and Pacific Correspondent | August 12, 2014
Australian helicopter charter operator Air Melbourne has launched a Heli-Express service linking Melbourne’s general aviation airport, Moorabbin Airport (MBW), with the central business district and the city’s international airport.
The company operates three twin-engine, eight-seat AgustaWestland AW109s seven days a week. The flight between Moorabbin and the international airport at Tullamarine takes just 12 minutes compared with up to 90 minutes by car on Melbourne’s increasingly congested roads.
The trip costs A$274. Launch of the new service follows an A$12 million investment in aircraft and new heliport lounges and supporting infrastructure. Moorabbin Airport is a major flight training centre, with 800 flight students trained there each year at 16 fixed-wing and rotary wing flight training organizations.
The latest route follows the launch at the end of last year of helicopter services between Melbourne International Airport and the central business district. Services operate to the Melbourne Airport Heliport, with passengers then transported to the relevant airport terminal by Mercedes-Benz. The services operate to the Yarra River CBD Heliport in the city, with the service between Melbourne Airport and the CBD taking just four minutes. Air Melbourne has capitalized on the fact there is no rail link between the airport and the city.
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