More Gold Coast flights brought on ahead of border reopening

The aviation industry is raring to go once the Queensland border reopens next week, launching several new services in and out of the Sunshine State.

Virgin Australia’s expanding its capacity, which means new flights between the Gold Coast and Launceston, Cairns and Hobart are taking off.

Three new services are launching this week out of the Gold Coast.


Gold Coast to Launceston began yesterday, Gold Coast to Cairns begins tomorrow and Gold Coast to Hobart will take off again on December 13.

The Gold Coast to Launceston route hasn’t operated through Virgin for more than 20 years, while the services to Hobart and Cairns have been some of the most popular over the last two years.

It’s all in anticipation of Queensland’s borders finally coming down on Monday, allowing fully vaccinated travellers into Queensland from hotspots.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills says Virgin Australia is increasing its capacity overall.

“It is particularly pleasing as we start to rebuild, that Virgin Australia is prioritising the Gold Coast as a key destination.

“It shows the strength of the region and reinforces our belief that people are keen to come back here as soon as the Queensland border reopens to NSW, Victoria and the ACT.

“It also highlights the growth of the Gold Coast itself and the increasing number of locals that are keen to book their next holiday,” Mr Mills said.

It comes as Gold Coast Airport prepares to get back to its pre-pandemic passenger numbers of around 6.5 million a year.

They’re hopeful of returning to 100 per cent of its normal capacity during these Christmas holidays, despite tough new requirements for those entering the state from New South Wales and Victoria.

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