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QANTAS will expand its flights between Bendigo and Sydney later this year.
QantasLink flights between the two cities started on March 31 and have been operating six days a week.
The new additions will mean there is a same-day return flight every day of the week.
From August 17, an extra flight will operate on Saturday evenings from Sydney to Bendigo, and another on Sunday mornings from Bendigo to Sydney.
QantasLink chief executive John Gissing said the additional flights were in response to a strong uptake of the service.
He said the new flights would offer people more choice.
"We're pleased to see the local community has really supported the launch of the new route," he said,.
"We'll continue to work with tourism and industry leaders to promote the flights to travellers from across Australia and around the world."
The additional flights, via a 50-seat Q300 turboprop aircraft, means an extra 100 seats would be available on the route each week.
Earlier this month, a Qantas spokesperson said passenger numbers for its Bendigo to Sydney flights had been consistently strong on Sundays and Mondays.
However, the company refused to say whether flights on other days had performed as well.
At the time of the launch of the QantasLink flights between Bendigo and Sydney, members of the Bendigo business community welcomed the services.
But they also expressed a desire for Qantas to fly from Bendigo to other major cities like Adelaide and Brisbane.
A Qantas spokesperson said at this stage, they were only focused on improving the Bendigo to Sydney flights but would be open to assessing alternative routes in the future.
The spokesperson also said there were no developments on a possible Qantas Pilot Academy in Bendigo.
The city is one of seven destinations under consideration after Toowoomba was announced as the first site last year.
Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters said the extra flights was a good thing for the region.
She said it was further evidence the Bendigo Airport terminal needed to be upgraded to cope with future growth.
Bendigo council hopes to receive $4.5 million from a replenished Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to redevelop the terminal.
City of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann said on Wednesday council hoped the fund would be topped up in Monday's state budget.
This article first appeared on www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au
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