Highlights & News

Highlights & News

Griffith flights will cease from 1 April 2022

Over the past two years, our service provider Sharp Airlines has operated limited but essential airline services between Melbourne (Essendon Airport) and Griffith, New South Wales.
These services were recognised as part of the Regional Airline Network Support programme, funded by the Federal Government.
With the scheme coming to an end, Sharp Airlines will cease flights between Essendon and Griffith for foreseeable future.
Sharp will continue to operate the regular services until the 31st March 2022.
Should you have any enquiries or for further information, please contact Sharp Airlines Reservations department:
E: reservations@sharpairlines.com.au
P: 1300 55 66 94

UPDATE - All Griffith flights will operate as normal


Flights between Griffith and Melbourne will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the current COVID restrictions.

We confirm that all our flights will continue to operate as normal during the current COVID event in Melbourne. Passengers should however ensure that they comply with relevant COVID restrictions and have registered for entry permits if required.

For best advice, please call EastWest Airlines on 1300 350-616.


Schedule change - new Thursday flight


Commencing this week flights between Griffith and Melbourne will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This change - moving the Friday flight to operate on Thursdays - is based on feedback from the business community who were seeking a shorter interval between flights.

Flights are priced from $169.00* one way (*available only through EastWest).


Update COVID-19

02 July 2020

With the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne, new restrictions are now in place.

All passengers planning to travel from Melbourne to Griffith will be refused to board the aircraft if they are living in any of the suburbs/postcodes below:

- 3012: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray.

- 3021: Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans.

- 3032: Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrong, Travancore.

- 3038: Keilor Drows, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens.

- 3042: Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie.

- 3046: Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park.

- 3047: Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana.

- 3055: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Monee Vale, Moreland West.

- 3060: Fawkner.

- 3064: Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo.

For best advice, please call EastWest Airlines on 1300 350-616.

Melbourne flights resume

28 April 2020

Last month Sharp Airlines in conjunction with EastWest announced the suspension of the air service between Griffith and Melbourne (Essendon) due to the unforeseen magnitude of the COVID-19 impacts.

Sharp Airlines has secured limited funding under the Federal Government's COVID-19 Regional Airline Network Support (RANS) program. As such we are pleased to announce that air services will resume between the two cities. The RANS program will provide funding to operate two weekly flights between Griffith and Melbourne for six weeks and this may be extended for up to six months if future applications for funding (within the program) is approved.

Flights will run on each Tuesday and Friday starting from 1st May.

The CEO of Sharp Airlines Dallas Hay stated that he was pleased the Federal Government recognised the importance of the air service linking two cities. "Health Specialists from Melbourne will again be able to fly to Griffith and provide essential services to the community during the COVID-19 crisis”.

Griffith Mayor, John Dal Broi stated “This is great news for Griffith. Sharp Airlines and EastWest are committed to maintaining their presence in Griffith. The re-instatement of flights, albeit twice a week for the present time, give confidence the service will gradually return to what we enjoyed previous to COVID-19".

Vianney Rouille, Marketing Specialist EastWest Airlines - 0401 872 207

EastWest suspends Melbourne to Griffith flights

19 March 2020

Since the inception in July 2019 of the Griffith to Melbourne service, EastWest in conjunction with Sharp Airlines have helped over 3,000 passengers travel between the two cities. Passengers appreciate a hassle-free flying experience and are pleased with the reliability and convenience of the daily flights.

In recent days, bookings have plunged as the COVID-19 Novel Corona virus keeps travellers at home.

The effects of COVID-19 are wide-reaching and not just for international airlines but Regional Australian as well. With quarantines imposed and recent travel bans introduced by the Government, people are less willing to travel and that is being reflected in a notable slump in our forward bookings

Sadly, EastWest in conjunction with Sharp Airlines have announced the suspension of air services between Griffith and Melbourne (Essendon). The last service will be on the 22nd of March 2020.

EastWest is determined to resume air services following the recovery of the economy from the Corona Pandemic but need to remain viable during this downturn.

Sharp Airlines CEO, Dallas Hay said "the decision was made with regret however since February with the spreading of the Coronavirus and the wide spread social and economic impact on businesses and communities generally there has been an understandable reduction in air travel".

Griffith Mayor, John Dal Broi added "The impact of COVID-19 on regional airlines cannot be underestimated. It's disappointing for Griffith to have such an excellent service suspended due to the enforseen magnitude of impact COVID-19 is having on all airlines services. Regional airlines which are especially valuable to us are particularly vulnerable as passengers respond to travel restrictions enforced by the government. We look forward to EastWest Airlines re-instating their flight service to Melbourne once travel restrictions are lifted".

Vianney, EastWest Marketing Specialist said "We are determined to be back in Griffith but given the dynamic and uncertain nature of the current situation, it is not possible to provide a clear guidance to the community when we will start again the air service".

All passengers having bookings beyond that date will be contacted by EastWest.

For best advice, please call EastWest Airlines on 1300 350-616.

For more information please visit eastwestairlines.com.au

Vianney Rouille - 0401 872 207


13 March 2020


Information for EastWest Airlines customers

People who have returned from a country or region that is at high or moderate risk for COVID-19, or think they may have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus should monitor their health closely and seek immediate medical advice.

If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of overseas travel, seek medical attention.

- Go to www.health.gov.au/covid19-travellers for the list of at-risk countries.

- Call your GP?

- Visit the Emergency Department

- Call Healthdirect 1800 022 222

For any passenger/prospective customer who may fall into the above category and hold a current EastWest Airlines ticket, please contact our Reservations Team so that we can rebook and place your fare in credit for future travel.

Your commitment, cooperation and protection of our community is appreciated.

15 February 2020

GFF-MELB - a quick update 

In the 8 months since our Griffith to Melbourne service began we have helped thousands of passengers travel between the two cities. Our customers fly for all sorts of reasons: for work, leisure, to visit family, receive medical care, go to school or university. Many connect to flights across Australia and around the world. We are proud of what we have accomplished so far, delighted by the support we have received, and excited about the future.

Website Upgrade - more control for you

At EastWest, we pride ourselves on offering our customers a personalised and hassle-free flying experience. To this end we have released a major upgrade to our website which allows you to take complete control of your travel experience.

Personal Booking Management  

Booking details - log in to your profile page and view full details of your bookings. You can download all your e-tickets and tax invoices. 

Flight Management - allows you to reschedule or cancel any of your flights* online. 

MyWallet - all EastWest Members automatically have access to their own private and secure online Wallet to receive refund credit if they cancel a flight*. The credit balance stored in the Wallet will be used towards the cost of your next EastWest booking.

*Subject to the relevant Fare Rules

Flight Updates to Your Phone

Your new bookings, reschedules or cancellations will now be confirmed by text message (as well as email).

Flight Advisory updates will now be automatically sent to passengers via text message. These updates provide customers with the latest information concerning any unscheduled changes to their flight time or flight status.

27 January 2020

Malcolm Sharp - a profile

The next time you're flying between Griffith and Melbourne, look out for Malcolm Sharp at the front of the plane.

When his busy schedule allows for it, the Chief Pilot, Managing Director and Founder of Sharp Airlines likes nothing more than getting behind the yoke of one of his beloved Fairchild Metroliners. In fact, Malcolm has accumulated over 16,000 flying hours over his 30 year career.

Born and raised in regional Victoria, Malcolm considers himself to be a country boy through and through. Indeed, it was his passion to serve the people of regional communities that led him to found Sharp Airlines in 1990. Fast forward 30 years, Sharp Airlines now operates 15 aircraft across five states and carries over 100,000 passengers and 1.5 million kilograms of freight each year. A lot has changed over that time, however, Malcolm's passion for regional Australia remains at the core of his commercial and personal life.

Malcolm is excited about the future of the Griffith Area, and the role that Sharp Airlines will play in that future. He notes that, "Servicing such a prosperous and growing regional city, such as Griffith, is as rewarding as it is exciting. Griffith has a tremendous story to tell and we want to be a part of it."

Next time you see Malcolm, don't be a stranger. Make sure to say G'day. 

The man at a glance:

Footy Club:   Richmond Football Club

Favourite Meal:   Steak, Chips and Salad

Item he can't live without:   BOSE portable speak

12 September 2019

Additional Griffith to Melbourne flights

- Melbourne (Essendon) to Griffith air service launch has been successful, with 800 customers utilising the services in just two months

- Customer feedback has been very positive with passengers pleased with the reliability and convenience of sharp Airlines and Essendon Airport

- In response to community demand, EastWest and Sharp will significantly expand the flight schedule, introducing an additional four flights per week

EastWest Airlines and operating partner Sharp Airlines are pleased to observe strong patronage on the new Melbourne (Essendon) to Griffith airline service from the travelling public since the inception of the route on 15th July 2019.

In this short period of time, the Griffith and Riverina communities have demonstrated their great support for the new air service which provides a valuable link between the region and Melbourne. EastWest Marketing Specialist, Vianney Rouille, noted "Passenger numbers have grown significantly since commencing the services in July. Eight hundred passengers have already used the service."

"Our passengers have been delighted by the reliability and convenience of the Melbourne to Griffith service, which bodes well for its future growth, he added. "Our consistent, timely performance over the past month is a testament to the operational strength of Sharp Airlines and the clear advantages of flying from Melbourne's congestion-free Essendon Fields Airport." 

As a result of the strong patronage and highly positive feedback on the Melbourne to Griffith route, EastWest and Sharp will expand the schedule, introducing four additional flights per week. These new return services - one on Thursday afternoons, the other on Friday mornings, will commence from Sunday 22nd September 2019. Expanding the route schedule from 12 to 16 flights per week (including twice-daily service on Thursdays and Fridays) will provide customers with significantly greater flexibility when travelling between Melbourne and Griffith. 

Flying time between the two cities is just under an hour and all flights are flown by high-speed Turbine Metroliner aircraft.