Qantas has announced it will launch new flights from Brisbane to Port Macquarie this month, as well as help, maintain critical transport links to key regional cities, following Virgin Australia’s decision to exit a number of markets.
The Brisbane to Port Macquarie flights will be operated up to five times per week with the airline’s Q400 turboprop aircraft, adding more than 700 seats on the route each week.
Qantas will also look to backfill capacity on other regional routes, with flights added in line with demand and an easing of travel restrictions.
“While Friday’s borders announcement was not the one our people, the tourism industry or travellers had been waiting for, we’re pleased to be able to add some more flights back into our schedule.”
QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the new flights would help maintain travel options for regional communities and drive much-needed tourism.
“As the national carrier, and the country’s largest regional airline, we have an important role to play in driving tourism and helping the industry get back on its feet,” said Mr Gissing.
“We also know how important air travel is for regional communities, for residents and business travellers. We’re pleased to be able to support customers with ongoing connectivity where there is demand.”
“We know there is significant pent up demand for domestic travel with Australians wanting to explore their own backyard,” added Mr Gissing.
“We expect the new flights to Port Macquarie will be popular with Queensland travellers looking to visit the beautiful coastal town so we hope an easing of travel restrictions will make this possible.
“These extra flights are also another step towards our recovery and getting more of our people back to work.”
When will the flights be taking off? The Brisbane-Port Macquarie service will commence 18 November.
Qantas will also resume services to Brisbane on routes it has not operated since July:
- Newcastle-Brisbane – flights to resume on 3 November 2020, operating daily.
- Tamworth-Brisbane – flights to resume on 12 November 2020, operating three times per week.
Find out more: www.qantas.com.au
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