Sharp Airlines pulls the plug on Portland
SHARP Airlines passenger services from Portland to Melbourne will end on June 30.
The announcement comes despite a $300,000 support package from the Victorian Government, Glenelg Shire Council and Warrnambool City Council in January, which included $75,000 in Glenelg Shire Council funds.
The axing of the service will hurt the region, with some integral services, such as visiting medical services to Portland, now in jeopardy.
Malcolm Sharp, Sharp Airlines managing director and chief pilot, said the decision to end the airline’s 18-year association with Portland was not taken lightly.
“Over the last 12-18 months, the airline has worked on a number of initiatives to increase patronage and stimulate the market; however, despite our best efforts the service is not economically viable,” Mr Sharp said.