Gold Coast Airport is welcoming a new flight route from Qantas, which will see domestic travellers able to fly direct between the coast and Perth.
Qantas announced seven new routes yesterday to help meet the strong demand for domestic travel across Australia.
Townsville to Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney, Adelaide to Cairns/Hobart and Sydney-Uluru are the other routes.
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Qantas says the additional flights will see the company’s capacity exceed 100 per cent of pre-COVID levels in the coming months and the Group’s market share around 70 per cent.
Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills has welcomed the Gold Coast-Perth service, which will start-up in September.
“This service is well-timed and will operate three times per week initially from Friday to Sunday, making it a great option for Western Australians looking to come here on holiday, or locals looking to work or holiday in the west,” he said.
“Western Australians are exploring holiday options further from home and now have even more reason to book a breakaway to the Gold Coast and experience all we have to offer.”
Mr Mills said he expected the service would build in popularity as more Western Australians embraced travel to the east coast.
“We have seen numbers build strongly as state and territory leaders take a more consistent and pragmatic approach to border controls,” he said.
Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David said the new routes would support the growing demand for domestic tourism.
“As most international travel remains off-limits for now, Australians are taking more regular holidays within the country and we expect these new direct flights to key tourism destinations will be popular with travellers,” said Mr David.
“Our customers now have 45 more routes to fly than we had pre-COVID making it even easier for them to get to their next holiday or business meeting. Previously, travelling between these cities meant a connecting flight in the middle, but now they can fly direct and save at least an hour in the process.
“Our strategy of adding new domestic routes is generating revenue from our aircraft rather than leaving them on the ground. It means more work for our people and even more low fares for our customers,” he said.