Qantas has announced it will be adding two new QantasLink services early next year to help further connect Australia; between Wagga Wagga and Brisbane and Adelaide and Newcastle.
Qantas has announced it will be taking off with two new domestic routes in early 2022.
The first will connect Riverina travellers with Queensland when QantasLink starts flying between Wagga Wagga and Brisbane.
The second will fly between some of Australia’s premier wine regions with the addition of direct flights between Adelaide and Newcastle.
“As Australia’s largest regional airline, we know we have an important role to play keeping regions connected and driving tourism,” QantasLink CEO John Gissing.
Wagga Wagga to the Sunshine State
The national carrier will operate three weekly return services with its 74 seat, Q400 turboprop aircraft from 28 March 2022, saving at least 90 minutes on current flying times via Sydney.
It will be the first regular passenger service to connect Wagga Wagga to Brisbane in almost four years and will give Riverina residents more one-stop connections to destinations across the airline’s expansive Queensland network.
QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the new route would open up more options for Wagga Wagga residents and Queenslanders looking to book their next holiday as interstate travel picks up early next year.
“As Australia’s largest regional airline, we know we have an important role to play keeping regions connected and driving tourism,” Mr Gissing said.
“This service will make it easier for Queenslanders to catch up with family and friends and explore the beautiful Riverina region.
The airline says flights have been made possible with the support of the Queensland Government, Wagga Wagga Airport, and Brisbane Airport Corporation.
The Barossa to the Hunter
Leisure and business travellers will be able to take advantage of the new service with QantasLink operating three weekly return services with the Embraer E190 regional jet aircraft commencing on Monday 28 March 2022.
The E190s were introduced to QantasLink’s network in May as part of the airline’s agreement with Alliance Airlines. With its size, range and economics, the dual-class 94-seat jet has opened up a number of new routes that wouldn’t have been viable with Qantas’ existing fleet.
The new service will be the only direct connection between Newcastle and Adelaide, saving more than two hours each way compared to flying via Sydney.
“Adelaide and Newcastle are both gateways to some of Australia’s best wine regions and we think there’ll be strong demand on the route,” said QantasLink CEO John Gissing.
Premier Steven Marshall welcomed the announcement, saying it would lead to further growth of the South Australian visitor economy.
Qantas customers and frequent flyers will be able to enjoy our premium service on these new flights, whether it’s complimentary food and drinks, baggage or access to Qantas’ Adelaide lounge.
The airline says the new routes have been made possible with the support of Adelaide Airport, Newcastle Airport, Destination NSW and the South Australian Tourism Commission.
Qantas is offering special fares starting from $149 one-way on these routes, available for sale until 7 November 2021 unless sold out prior.
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