Queenslanders with family and friends in Melbourne will finally be reunited this weekend, with the sunshine state preparing to fling open the border to Greater Melbourne.
From 1.00am on Saturday, the Victorian city will no longer be a declared COVID-19 hotspot, allowing people to travel freely to and from the state without needing to quarantine.
It’s welcome news for local businesses and tourism operators including the Gold Coast Airport, who say “Melbourne visitors will be warmly welcomed when they return to the city”.
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In anticipation of the border reopening, Gold Coast-Melbourne services will be increased significantly from tomorrow, boosting visitation to the region.
“The Melbourne and Sydney markets are critical for the tourism industry here and having travel open between both these destinationsis a real positive for operators,” Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said.
“The re-opening of travel to greater Melbourne by Queensland comes after an encouraging start to the vaccine rollout this week,” he added.
“When frontline workers and the most vulnerable Australians have received the vaccine, it should give state and territory leaders the confidence to allow unrestricted domestic travel and to plan for international travel.”
There are eight Melbourne-Gold Coast flights scheduled on Saturday, with Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia.
While up to 10 services a day are scheduled next week between the Gold Coast and Melbourne.