Ceduna air charter operator Chinta Air has opened a new base on Kangaroo Island, marking the first time in over a decade that scenic flights have been made available on the island.
Chinta Air is offering scenic flights of the Island, ranging from a 30 minute scenic flight around Point Marsden and Kingscote, to a 90 minute flight circumnavigating the Island, with flights departing from Kingscote Airport.
Chinta Air owner Noel Schwarz said this was an exciting new venture.
“Kangaroo Island is a ‘must-see’ destination for any traveller, and has a wealth of experiences on offer,” he said.
“As a newcomer to the Island, we can only hope to add something new and different to the many, many attractions currently available.”
Chief Chinta Air pilot and fellow owner Felicity Brown said all the staff were very aware of the Fly Neighbourly guidelines, which restrict flights to be above certain heights on sections of the Islands coastline, which protect nesting areas of white bellied sea eagles and ospreys.
“For the past ten years, we have operated according to Fly Neighbourly procedures over the Great Australian Bight Marine Park, which is home to the most significant Southern Right Whale nursery in the Southern Hemisphere,” she said.
“In that time, we have worked hard to ensure that we have not received one complaint regarding our activities in the Marine Park.
“Since we began nearly 20 years ago, we have conducted flights along the Western Eyre Peninsula coastline, which is home to the largest colony of white bellied sea eagles in the world – we are very aware of how sensitive these birds are to any disturbance.”
Chinta Air also offers an air taxi service, which allows private flights linking Kangaroo Island with other destinations such as Port Lincoln, the Flinders Ranges, or other locations across Australia, with flights only departing as booked.
“We have already flown international travellers to Adelaide after scheduled flights have been missed, or travel plans have changed, so this service has been put to good use already,” Ms Brown said.
The company also has a base at Rawnsley Park Station, on the south side of Wilpena Pound in the heart of the Flinders Ranges, and operates flights over Wilpena Pound and Ikara/Flinders Ranges National Park.