Jetgo is confident of support in Gladstone
JETGO says it is confident support from the Gladstone community will sustain direct flights to Sydney, after it dropped its Roma-Sydney route before its maiden flight.
JetGo is less than one week away from launching its direct service between Gladstone and Sydney.
Chief executive officer Jason Ryder said Gladstone flight bookings were "nowhere near full capacity" but he thought the route looked safe.
Roma had had a complete downturn in mining, Mr Ryder said, with several key projects scheduled for the new year now axed.
"Without those we couldn't make it viable (in Roma), but Gladstone has been okay," he said.
"We need everybody in Gladstone to buy at least one ticket and we'll be there forever."
Mr Ryder said it was unlikely business travel would begin until the service started.
"At this stage I can understand. I don't book travel until I know what we're doing," he said.
Mr Ryder said JetGo wanted to support the community by offering free seats for sick children or needy families to transit between the cities for medical treatment or personal needs.
"We're a small company and have families ourselves, so with us coming into Gladstone it's imperative to support the community and their families," he said.
"Wherever we can accommodate we do, and we take each case on its merit.
"Obviously we can only do it if there's seats available."