A recent review by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) concluding that the Toowoomba to Roma aerial route is not going to be subjected to a declaration under the Transport Operations (Passenger Transport) Act 1994 has come as an unexpected boon for Skytrans which had been planning for direct services between the two destinations. This virtually takes away the last major hurdle for the opening up of the direct Skytrans services between the two destinations.
Toowoomba is a strategically important location for the economy of the Surat Basin and the multitude of businesses that operate in this area look forward to the expansion and development of the destination as a clear sign of improvement of their own business prospects. A lot of businesses operating in the Surat basin tap into the manpower resources of the local Toowoomba community for their growth and expansion, as this is vital for the survival and development of the businesses. However in spite of the fact that there is good manpower available in the locality, the inefficient road transport system is a massive roadblock for businesses trying to move their staff, contractors and sub-contractors to Roma and the other locations in the Surat Basin.
The recent review and announcement by the Minister for Transport thus opens up the avenue to bypass the inefficient road transport system and reduce the arduous journey to a mere one hour flight in one of Skytrans’ Dash 8 aircrafts. Currently Skytrans operates 12 flights per week between Toowoomba and Sydney. Together they service 27 destinations in Queensland and New South Wales via their charter and regular flights with full in-flight service. The recent developments have certainly paved the way for the company to expand and build on that foothold and introduce new flights in the region. Apart from the local businesses in the Surat Basin the advantages of the new flights will also be enjoyed by tourists who are looking for a connection between Roma and Sydney.
Speaking on the recent developments, Skytrans Managing Director Simon Wild mentioned that ever since the company started its services to Sydney back in July 2012 they had been liaising with the local governments and businesses from both Roma and Toowoomba. Although the recent developments are indeed a step forward, much work remains to be done. Regulatory approvals have to be taken and adequate research has to be done before the dream to start additional services can be realised. It is pertinent to mention here that Skytrans have been looking for advices and suggestions from the local businesses in terms of best schedules and timings for their prospected new flights.