Where To Next? Qantas & Virgin Increase Flight Capacity Within Australia

Both Virgin Australia and Qantas will be adding thousands of seats and reintroducing services within Australia, ready for you to get out there and explore.

Both Virgin Australia and Qantas will be adding thousands of seats and reintroducing services within Australia, ready for you to get out there and explore.

With state and territory borders reopening, now is a great time to set off on an Aussie adventure, and, thanks to Virgin Australia and Qantas’ increased capacity, the choice of destination is up to you…

Whether you’re feeling drawn to Adelaide, Emerald, Byron Bay, Launceston, Alice Springs, or somewhere else, you’ll be ready to board a plane and start making good 2020 memories in no time.

Virgin Australia


Virgin Australia will reintroduce two regional services and expand frequencies to key holiday destinations and South Australia ahead of the summer holidays.

The airline will reintroduce five-times weekly services between Brisbane-Emerald (operated by Alliance Airlines) and twice-weekly services between Brisbane-Alice Springs.

Customers from New South Wales will benefit from expanded options to holiday destinations such as Ballina Byron, Hamilton Island and Adelaide, while South Australians and Queenslanders will see increased frequencies between Brisbane and Adelaide.

“Australians love to explore and with summer just around the corner there’s never been a better time to holiday and visit loved ones and local businesses while international travel remains suspended.”

John MacLeod, Virgin Australia Group Chief Commercial Officer

Virgin Australia recently introduced its Passenger Promise which provides flexibility to change bookings up until 31 January 2021 alongside a range of health and wellbeing reassurances for customers who may be uncertain about travelling during this time.

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Qantas will launch a new route between Sydney and Launceston for the summer holidays following the easing of border restrictions between New South Wales and Tasmania.

Beginning 4 December 2020, Qantas will operate three return services per week with its Boeing 717 aircraft, increasing to four return services from the following week onwards until 1 February.

The airline will look to add more flights beyond eight week period if there is demand. This is the first time the flying kangaroo has flown Launceston-Sydney since 2004.

With borders opening up, Qantas will also restart flights between Hobart to Sydney, with 11 return services per week from 6 November 2020.

This announcement follows two other new routes the Qantas Group has launched to Tasmania in response to demand – Brisbane-Hobart with Qantas and Gold Coast-Hobart with Jetstar.

As a result of these additional flights, the Qantas Group will offer more than 125,000 seats between Tasmania and the mainland in December, representing more than 10 per cent of total published Qantas Group domestic capacity for the month.

“We’re delighted to be reconnecting Australia and these flights will help more of our people get back to work.”

Andrew David, Qantas Domestic and International CEO

To celebrate the new route, Qantas is offering special fares starting from $149 one-way, available for sale until Friday 30 October, unless sold out prior.

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