An Alliance Airlines Fokker 70 touches down for the first time at Gladstone Airport after the departure of Virgin Australia's service to Brisbane.
An Alliance Airlines Fokker 70 touches down for the first time at Gladstone Airport after the departure of Virgin Australia's service to Brisbane. Paul Braven GLA170717ALLIANCE

Alliance Airlines showing an incline in Gladstone

THEIR flight route may still be in its infancy, but Alliance Airlines have indicated an increase in passenger numbers since the airline began services in Gladstone.

Alliance stepped up to fill the void left by Virgin's departure on July 16, with the first Fokker 70 touching down the following morning.

Alliance Airlines spokeswoman Anna Adzic said the Gladstone-Brisbane-Gladstone route has been well received by the community.

"The feedback has been positive," she said.

"The reduction in flying time and the convenience of the jet service appeals to the Gladstone community.

"Alliance has, where possible, increased flight capacity for the GLT-BNE-GLT route including upgrading to a Fokker 100 to cater for demand where possible, specifically for the LGAQ conference in October."

Alliance Airlines' maiden flight from Brisbane to Gladstone took 48 minutes, whereas other services can take up to 70 minutes depending on air traffic and weather conditions.

Ms Adzic said the airline was unable to disclose average passenger numbers for the service at this time, but stated the company had seen a "steady increase" in passengers over the last four months.

However, Ms Adzic said this wouldn't translate to additional flights or extended services at this point in time, with that issue to be assessed.