Flights for bumper weekend

An Aeropelican - Brindabella Airlines turbo prop with 11 passengers touched down at Cooma airport for the start of the ski season on Friday despite local concerns the airline had abandoned Cooma.

It arrived in time for the bumper Queens Birthday holiday weekend at the Snowy Mountains ski fields.

The airlines’ spokesman Fabrice Binet said when the airline announced the year-round service would cease, but would be back for winter, a lot of locals were sceptical.

“But here we are, we’ve kept our word,” Mr Binet said.

Aeropelican merged with Brindabella airlines last year and for the moment is known as the Aeropelican - Brindabella Group.

Mr Binet said the fleet comprises a 19 seater J32 turbo prop and an 18-seater Metro and a 30-seater.

The flight from Sydney to Cooma starts at $129 and takes 70 minutes. A shuttle bus then takes passengers to the ski fields.

The airline hopes to be selling tickets until the end of September, but this will depend on the season and demand.

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