Whitsunday Services: Ready For Take Off!

In a first for Skytrans, Cairns and the Whitsunday region a new service connecting Tropical North Queensland to the Whitsundays islands will take-off today.

The new services will operate five times per week and increase opportunities for Far Northerners to travel to the Whitsunday Islands and further expand options for intrastate travel.

Skytrans announces major new routes in QLD

For the first time, Skytrans will operate return flights between Cairns-Whitsunday Coast Airport-Rockhampton. These services will depart 5 times per week and commence on 13th September. 

The service will use the company’s Dash 8-100 aircraft, which has a capacity of up to 36 passengers.  Skytrans Chief Executive Officer Alan Milne said “the Queensland owned company was proud to be expanding its services”

“We’re a Queensland owned company and it’s fantastic that we are flying to even more destinations across our great State,” Mr Milne said. 

“The big winners will be locals who live in Cairns, the Whitsunday region and Rockhampton because they will have additional choice and we are committed to delivering the best service possible for these local communities,” Mr Milne said. 

CQU launches with Skytrans and CB Aviation

CQUniversity’s Aviation training has soared to new heights in North Queensland, with the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding to deliver a graduate pilot pathway program into Skytrans Airlines through Cleveland Bay Aviation.

This will be the second graduate pilot pathway program for CQUniversity, with a similar arrangement between CQUni, Virgin Airlines and Hinterland Aviation forged in 2019.

Skytrans vaccination support to Torres and Cape

The COVID–19 vaccination rollout across the vast and remote reaches of the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula just got a lot easier thanks to the generosity of regional airline Skytrans.

Cairns-based Skytrans has committed to supporting the vaccination rollout by transporting vaccines and vaccination supplies for free across the region to all locations serviced by the airline on Cape York, the Northern Peninsula Area and the Torres Strait.

Local Fare Scheme Continues

 The Local Fare Scheme (Scheme) is a scheme under which Translink, part of the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is funding participating airline operators to provide discounted airfares to Eligible Residents in the Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria and Torres Strait regions, with the discount being up to $400 off for a return fare. 

The Scheme originally commenced on 1 July 2015 but has been extended until 30 June 2021 

Skytrans Uniform Competition

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) and Skytrans launched a Queensland wide competition in their search for an authentic Indigenous artwork that will feature prominently in the airlines’ new corporate uniform.

Rockhampton artist Annie Abednego Gela’s artwork entitled, LAK PARU KWINZLAN (The Face of Queensland) was selected by judges CIAF Artistic Director Janina Harding and Skytrans CEO Michael Thinee from among 27 entries. Ms Abednego Gela’s artwork will be unveiled in a capsule collection that is presented as part of this year’s CIAF fashion performance at Tanks Arts Centre. Added to this, the winning and highly commended art works will be on display at the Art Fair in Shed 3 of Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. Skytrans’ Uniform Design Art Prize rewards the winning artist an acquisitive prize of $4000 cash (plus licencing fee) as well as return flights to attend CIAF’s 10th anniversary event opening night event.

Prince of Monaco Visits Badu Island

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, visits Badu on Skytrans, by invitation of Badu artist, Alick Tipoti.

Read more about the Prince’s Badu Adventures here

QLD Treasurer co-announces new schedule

For the first time ever Cape York Communities can enjoy same day return services.  Skytrans today announced 15 same day return services into seven remote communities.

JT Talks Travel

Skytrans Co-Owner Johnathan Thurston talks travel, managing a work-life balance and his plans to get his pilot’s licence.


THE North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are proud to announce a new Community Partnership with regional carrier Skytrans.

Thurston tackles Cape isolation

After visiting the Cape York last year, JT talks to The Australian about how his airline is tackling the issue of isolation

JT sends message to Aurukun school after Origin win

Johnathan Thurston sends a personalised message to the kids of Aurukun State School after his side’s Game  1 Origin Win

Skytrans celebrates first birthday

Skytrans owners host a first birthday party for clients and staff and celebrate the many milestones they have achieved in the first year of operation.

Regional visits

Owners Johnathan Thurston and Peter Collings visited the Cape and the Torres Strait to meet with community members.

JT surprises passengers with visit

Skytrans co-owner and NRL great Johnathan Thurston surprised his airline passengers on their inaugural flight early this morning from Brisbane to Chinchilla.

Skytrans soars with new $25 million contract

Skytrans today announced a new three year transport contract worth $25 million which has been awarded by natural gas company QGC Pty Limited.

Footy Fever takes to the skies

Skytrans passengers departing Cairns were treated to a special celebration of the Cowboys grand final appearance

Bamaga to host second ever Intrust Super Cup Game

Skytrans announces $50,000 sponsorship so Bamaga residents can enjoy a QRL game.

Skytrans here for the long haul

Skytrans here for the long haul By MATT NICHOLLS
The first thing you notice about Skytrans is the smile.

Marlins net Skytrans as naming rights sponsor

Skytrans is well and truly back in business and announces its continued support of the Marlins Basketball team with a hanger launch.

Skytrans returns with Äll Stars’ Captain on-board

Skytrans will again soar in the north after a rescue buy-out by Peter Collings and NRL great Johnathan Thurston.

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