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Griffith City Council has confirmed it has been approached by EastWest Airlines to recommence Griffith to Melbourne flights.

General Manager, Brett Stonestreet said it was encouraging to have the airline consider reestablishing the service.

“It’s only early days, but it is looking promising,” said Mr Stonestreet.

“EastWest have investigated the Griffith to Melbourne market and at this stage they report a very positive potential for this market.

“They intend to refine their business plan during the next month or so and then communicate in writing with Council seeking support.”

Griffith City Mayor John Dal Broi welcomed the news.

“It’s great news for Griffith travellers. This is an important route for our business and residential community,” said Cr Dal Broi.

“I am hopeful that this proposal will go ahead. It will benefit tourism and also provide another option for residents needing to keep medical or other appointments.”

Chairperson of the Griffith City Council Transport Committee, Councillor Simon Croce, said the potential return of Melbourne flights was excellent news for Griffith.

“This is something the Griffith community needs. If it eventuates I’ll be extremely pleased,” said Mr Croce.

“Moving forward the most important thing will be for locals to utilise the service to ensure it stays. We’ve been in this position before and it seems that passenger numbers are always an issue.

Council has always done whatever it could to help, but at the end of the day it has to be financially viable for whoever operates this service.”