Tourism on the Gold Coast has been given another major boost, with Qantas announcing it’s increasing flights between Canberra and the city.
It comes as the state prepares to open the borders to the ACT from 1am next Friday, with thousands of Canberra residents expected to escape the nation’s capital and flock to the Gold Coast for the school holidays.
In a bid to cater for the expected influx of tourists, Qantas has introduced a new four-week seasonal service between Canberra and the Gold Coast, which will take off from September 27.
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It’s the first time in more than two decades that the flying kangaroo has offered the increased Gold Coast flights.
“This new flight means you leave Canberra at lunch and by mid-afternoon you can be sitting on the beach enjoying everything the Gold Coast has to offer,” QantasLink CEO John Gissing said.
“We know there is significant pent up demand for domestic travel with Australians wanting to explore their own backyard.
“We’ll monitor demand on the route and if it proves successful, we could look to operating flights over the summer school holiday period.”
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the new service is great news for the city.
“This is another positive step for us and comes at the right time in the lead up to school holidays,” she said.
“It is great to have Qantas back flying between the Gold Coast and Canberra”.
The new Gold Coast services will operate on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday with fares starting at $189 one way.
Flights will depart Canberra at 12pm and arrive in the Gold Coast at 1.40pm before departing Gold Coast at 2.20pm arriving back in Canberra at 4.10pm
The national carrier will also increase flights between Canberra and Brisbane from four flights per week to 14 flights, adding an extra 2200 seats each week.