Flights to Lightning Ridge, NSW

A must-see experience for tourists, and unique way of life for locals – there’s no place like Lightning Ridge! With such a strong attraction for Opal buyers and Tourists, we’re proud to serviced Lightning Ridge via Walgett from Dubbo, twice each week as part of our scheduled passenger flights.

Flights to Lightning Ridge can also be flown as on-demand charters by Air Link from either Sydney, or anywhere within Australia, in whichever of our aircraft that suits your requirements. There are poor weather approaches, runway lighting and aviation (jet) fuel at Lightning Ridge airport, so we can fly 24/7, rain or shine.

Schedule Information

For those wishing to book a single seat on our flights to Lightning Ridge, our weekly flight timetable is below.



Monday Friday
Dubbo – Walgett – Lightning Ridge
Dubbo – Walgett – Lightning Ridge
08:30 AM – 10:25 AM 08:30 AM – 10:25 AM
Lightning Ridge – Walgett – Dubbo Lightning Ridge – Walgett – Dubbo
15:40 PM – 17:30 PM 14:30 PM – 16:20 PM


Lightning Ridge Airport has an air conditioned passenger terminal, with toilets, seating and refreshments for guests traveling with Air Link.

Availability & Aircraft

Lightning Ridge (YLRD) has no restrictions on the type of aircraft we can fly in, or out. There are no curfews, and only occasional weather delays in summer due to thunderstorms or rain.

Seasonal Weather

Lightning Ridge is located in the central North of New South Wales, on rich Opal fields and sandy bushland. Summer temperatures are similar to Dubbo, ranging from 25-45 degrees C. In Winter, ‘The Ridge’ gets cold at night (occasionally down to -5 degrees) with a top of around 25 in the day. Why do we mention all this? Air Link operate aircraft fully equipped to handle such weather events, with on board Weather Radar, Flight in Known Icing certification (turbine only) and Synthetic Vision (turbine only).

Fuel – 24/7

When it comes to regional air charter, the availability of fuel may impact whether we need to stop along the way, or fly direct. Lightning Ridge Airport has 24/7 fuel availability for turbine engine aircraft, allowing us to refuel prior to departure. This saves times, and gives you the maximum range possible for your flight.

Connecting Flights

Are you connecting from an international or domestic flight with the airlines, and need a transfer somewhere regional? We’ve been there, and know how to streamline the process with van transfers from your airline’s baggage pickup direct to our aircraft on the tarmac. We’ll have you back in the air and direct to your final destination in no time.

Other Airports

Did you know we fly to every airport in Australia, including homestead airstrips and mine sites? You do now! Our charter services are the best in the country, and our airline services the below airports 3 times each week.