THE first inbound and outbound Bendigo-Sydney QantasLink flights have taken off, with the city's council planning to watch the fledgling service closely.
The fully-booked first flights landed Sunday night and took off Monday morning. They ran to schedule, City of Greater Bendigo business services manager Ben Devanny said.
"The Qantas team were great, everyone was checked in nice and early this morning. There's just little things (operations-wise) we will keep on working on, ready for tonight when the next flight comes back in," he said.
It was too early to tell whether more flights would be added to the line, Mr Devanny said.
"I know Qantas are happy with bookings ... I know there are good numbers coming in over the next few weeks," he said.
"But it's really too early to tell. It will be about whether people keep using the service, then those conversations might happen. We'd want to keep seeing full planes, then more flights might come."
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QantasLink will operate flights six days a week with its 50-seat Q300 turboprop aircraft, and daily during the peak summer season.
Flights take from an hour and 50 minutes to two hours.
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