Pack your bags and get ready to hit the tarmac!
Australian airlines have jumped on this morning’s long-awaited Queensland border announcement, boosting domestic flights between the Gold Coast, NSW and Victoria from next month.
Following months of being shut-off, Queensland is set to finally open its borders to NSW on December 1 and potentially Victoria as well, as both states continue to record no new cases of community transmission of coronavirus.
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Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have all today confirmed that they will increase domestic flights as a result of the borders reopening, and seats are already beginning to sell like hot cakes.
“This is the news that many families have been waiting so long to hear,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.
“Based on the demand we’re seeing already, Queenslanders can expect to welcome a lot more visitors in the next few months.”
Qantas and Jetstar will operate more than 1200 extra return flights into the Sunshine State from New South Wales and Victoria in the lead up to Christmas.
On the Gold Coast, Jetstar will boost services from just four flights a week to 64, while Qantas will add eight return flights a week and Virgin Australia will now fly three times daily from Tuesday.
Jetstar has scheduled 44 flights a week from Tullamarine and four from Avalon, while Qantas has added seven return flights a week between Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
Virgin Australia General Manager Network and Revenue Management Russell Shaw said the Queensland Government’s decision to reopen the border with Greater Sydney will help the tourism industry to get back on its feet and put more people back to work.
“We recognise our role as one of Queensland’s largest employers and our ability to contribute to both the Queensland and New South Wales tourism economies,” Mr Shaw said.
“The additional services will give travellers the opportunity to do business and reconnect with loved ones, families and friends ahead of the well-earned Christmas break.”
Both airlines have confirmed they will continue to monitor demand closely and look to add more flights as required.