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Sharp Airlines will commence services from Essendon to Warrnambool* on Monday February 2nd 2015. Flights will operate to Warrnambool and return Monday to Sunday servicing the needs of South West Victoria. Director Malcolm Sharp announced the new service saying "This is an important announcement for the region as the social and economic benefits of a regional airline service cannot be underestimated."

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Congratulations are in order

On Thursday 10 July, the 2014 WIN Television Cradle Coast Tourism Awards were presented in a glittering Awards Night Dinner at the Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame in Latrobe. Entries were open to all tourism and associated businesses located within, or actively operating, in the Cradle Coast Region.

Cradle Coast is situated on the North West and West coast of Tasmania, comprising the nine local government areas of Latrobe, Devonport City, Kentish, Central Coast, Burnie City, Waratah-Wynyard, West Coast, Circular Head and King Island Councils, in an area which covers approximately one third of the total area of Tasmania.

Cradle Coast Regional Manager, Ian Waller, said he was thrilled with the quality of award entries this year. "The process of entering the Awards is a challenging one and can be a little daunting for first time entrants."

We are excited to be awarded the Tour and/or Transport Operators Category. This is a great outcome for Sharp Airlines as a business and represents a significant and important recognition of the services we provide. Our focus has always been to combine the airline services with a contribution to developing tourism on King Island through the promotion of Sharp Airlines holiday packages and community support. The Award is also recognition of the quality of customer service our passengers receive from staff and agents in Wynyard and King Island who are responsible for the smooth operation of the service.

We also offer our congratulations to Bloomin' Tulips Festival, Wynyard, who were Highly Commended in the Festivals and Events Category. We featured the Festival and Table Cape in a recent edition of the Traveller Magazine.

Congratulations to all those who were finalists in the Awards. Preparing submissions and going through the process with the judging panel is a time consuming exercise. However, the effort is well worth while and gives testimony to the enthusiasm and commitment businesses and organisations have to improving what they do.

Malcolm Sharp - Director

At Sharp Airlines we are continually working to improve our business, ensuring our airfares are competitive and meeting the needs of our growing and diverse customer base. "Recently we undertook a review of our network and consulted extensively with our customers with the aim of improving our services, as a result we are very excited to announce will be introducing a number of improvements in 2014" stated Mr Malcolm Sharp, Director – Sharp Airlines The Sharp Airlines review included:

  • Valuable feedback from our Customers
  • Review of market trends and analysis
  • Review of customer demand and needs
  • Current and forecasted economic circumstances
  • Aim to improve OTP (on time performance)

Sharp Airlines aims to continue to provide the communities we serve with a safe and cost effective airlines service that meets customer needs. For more information please view the following press statements.

At approximately 7:45pm on Monday 23rd September, 2013 a light single engine aircraft undertaking a night training flight crashed at the Hamilton Airport, Victoria. The student pilot being the sole occupant did not survive the accident. The Managing Director of Sharp Aviation Pty Ltd, Malcolm Sharp said the student pilot was undertaking solo circuits in order to gain night flying experience. Mr Sharp said that this was a tragic outcome and the accident would be fully investigated by the ATSB and CASA.

We extend our most deepest sympathy to the family of the young pilot for their loss Mr Sharp said. The investigation in relation to the cause of the accident has commenced and details will be released by the authorities once they are in a position to do so.

Sharp Airlines has been investigating the feasibility of extending its Tasmania services to include King Island.

In Tasmania Sharp Airlines currently provides the only regular airline service between Launceston to Flinders Island and Melbourne (Essendon) to Flinders Island which continues to grow with passenger numbers every week.

"We commenced services to Flinders Island 18 months ago from Launceston, and we have grown these services to include additional flights, more seats, and as a result tourism numbers to Flinders Island have grown by 6% over the past year" Managing Director of Sharp Airlines, Mr Malcolm Sharp said.

Mr Sharp said "We are currently holding discussions with Airlines of Tasmania and assessing the feasibility of expanding our airline passenger services to include King Island, as we see this as a logical extension to our current Tasmanian network".

Sharp Airlines to provide Tasmanian Services

Sharp Airlines will take over flight services of Airlines of Tasmania from the 1st September 2010, making Sharp Airlines one of the fastest growing regional airlines in Australia.

Sharp Airlines began operations in Victoria in 1990 and in South Australia in April 2008. Offering services from Hamilton, Portland, Avalon, Essendon, Adelaide, Mildura and Port Augusta, as well several Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) contracts for the Mining and Resource Industry.

Airlines of Tasmania will continue to operate the weekly Cape Barren Services in the interim and Par Avion Wilderness Tours.

"Sharp Airlines will become one of the important providers of regional airlines services throughout South East Australia", said Sharp Airlines Managing Director, Mr Malcolm Sharp.

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Hamilton and airline welcomes $2.8 million airport upgrade

Hamilton's outdated airport is to be overhauled in a major new project tipped to boost tourism and business ventures.

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Participants in Sharp Airlines' cadet pilot program have arrived in Hamilton from across Australia, leaving friends and family as they follow dreams of captaining international jets and travelling the world.

Read this article featured in the Warrnambool Standard on 23 February 2010 by clicking the link below:


The Hon. Patrick Conlon MP, Minister for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, officially launched Sharp Airlines' Victoria – South Australia connecting services at Adelaide Airport today.

Due to overwhelming demand Sharp Airlines has made their Avalon-Portland-Adelaide service a permanent feature to their flight schedule, with very competitive fares available to travellers.

Minister Conlon MP said he was delighted that Sharp Airlines' Victoria – South Australia service had proved successful.

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Avalon – Portland - Adelaide services will become a permanent addition to Sharp Airlines' flight schedule from 4 January 2010.

The services, which are currently on trial until 24 December, have had overwhelming success since being launched at the beginning of October.

Managing Director Mr. Malcolm Sharp said the new services had exceeded all expectations and a high level of customer demand had aided the decision to make them permanent.

"Forward bookings and sales have been strong for the duration of the Avalon to Adelaide trial and so we are pleased to announce that theses flights will continue indefinitely in the New Year," Mr. Sharp said.

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Celebrating One Year of Sharp Service

Sharp Airlines and the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) welcomed the recent decision by the Federal Government to approve the Master Plan for Essendon Airport.

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government made the announcement; he stated "The Master Plan sets out the strategic direction and intended uses for the next 20 years, and I have advised Essendon Airport management that the Government has no current plans to close the airport or relax the curfew".

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Sharp Airlines' new services in South Australia have got off to a flying start. Record passenger numbers for the month of May 2008 have been achieved; Sharp Airlines carried 794 passengers on the Adelaide—Port Augusta route, and 770 on the Adelaide—Mildura route. Available data shows that these are the largest passenger numbers carried on either route for any month in the last 8 years.

Over these years neither route has had fares less then $150 one way, part of Sharp Airlines' success is that they commenced their service with $28 fares to welcome their new customers, and they continue to offer a range of fares from just $85 one way.

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Sharp Airlines are celebrating after launching their airline service in South Australia one year ago.

Sharp Airlines Managing Director and Chief Pilot Malcolm Sharp said that despite the economic situation Sharp Airlines are going strong since officially launching their services between Adelaide and Port Augusta, and Adelaide and Mildura in May last year.

"Since launching our services in South Australia we have carried in excess of 17,000 passengers, these are record numbers" Mr Sharp said.

Mr. Sharp said that he was excited to announce a timetable change in the South Australia region, with weekend flights to Port Augusta and flights to Mildura of a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday commencing from 1 July 2009.

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Sharp Airlines & RAAA Congratulates the Federal Government

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