JetGo stall, but Curry ready

FLEDGLING airline JetGo will touch down in Cloncurry in the near future, if all goes to plan.

The airline, which is promising to get miners to work and home faster, was due to fly into Cloncurry last week but was held up due to paperwork.

Chief executive officer Jason Ryder said Cloncurry held many opportunities for the new charter airline and he was looking forward to operating out of the township.

"It gives us an opportunity to gauge public reaction to our flights there and ascertain what the community wants from a service in Cloncurry," Mr Ryder said.

"Cloncurry could see us as a regular visitor out there."

JetGo is in the process of signing a contract with a mining company that will underwrite the Brisbane to Cloncurry service.

While there are no provisions for commercial passengers in the interim, Mr Ryder has not ruled it out in the future saying people could charter an "empty" service at a "reduced price".

He said if a mining company was prepared to underwrite JetGo's services to Mount Isa he would be more than happy to take on the likes of Qantas and now Virgin.

Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady the marketplace would determine if a venture was successful or not.

JetGo was given the green light by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority on May 11 to start flying for the fly-in, fly-out market, capitalising on the mining boom.

The company's Brisbane to Cloncurry route starts next week carrying 36 miners on its Embraer jet. It plans to get to Cloncurry in less than two hours.

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