There have been some larger, luxury aircraft at the Kangaroo Island Airport in recent weeks.
Alliance Airlines had F70 jets operated out of Kingscote on January 28 and 31, which were part of a round-the-world air cruise by high-end German group “Privatjet Albert Ballin” operated by the Hapag Lloyd Group.
The VIP-configured F70 jet aircraft are specially set up to take 48 passengers in business-class style.
The same jets flew into KI back in April 2018 for a National Geographic tour and Alliance Airlines back then flagged future opportunities with its aircraft that carry up to 100 passengers.
A sleek, luxurious Bombardier Global 5000 private jet flew into Kangaroo Island Airport from the United States on January 12, bringing in an American family to Southern Ocean Lodge.
Qantas meanwhile had its Q400 aircraft flying into Kingscote over the December, January peak season and is enthusiastic about the service.
The 74-seater QantasLink Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s are bigger than its Q300 aircraft that do the regular Adelaide flights.
The larger aircraft have required additional security screening processes, with KI Council staff performing those duties.
“We’ve been flying to Kangaroo Island for just over a year now, bringing thousands more visitors from around Australia and overseas to the holiday destination.” a Qantas spokesperson said.
“We’ve now operated seasonal services from Melbourne over two summers with encouraging results. We’re working with Government, community and tourism stakeholders to promote Kangaroo Island and are leveraging Qantas’ domestic and international networks to grow inbound tourism.”
QantasLink currently operates five flights per week between Adelaide and Kangaroo Island over the peak season through to Easter, and offers three flights per week for the remainder of the year. Seasonal flights have operated direct from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island over December and January for the past two summers.
Southern Ocean Lodge meanwhile has welcomed the Kangaroo Island Airport terminal and runway upgrade, and subsequent larger aircraft.
“High-end travel companies are using private jets to deliver guests to Southern Ocean Lodge, often on multi-luxury lodge itineraries,” manager John Hird said.
“These guests might be domestic or from overseas but they are all keen to get out and explore Kangaroo Island's incredible wildlife and also sample the local food and wine.”
“We've seen a very positive impact from the new QantasLink service from Adelaide and Melbourne to Kangaroo Island, with many guests opting for these flights for the ease of connections to interstate and international flights as well as a generous luggage allowance.
“Regional Express continues to provide excellent and essential services to the island multiple times a day and remains very popular with our guests and our staff.”