The Gold Coast’s tourism industry will receive another boost with Qantas launching direct flights between the Glitter Strip and Adelaide next month.
The Flying Kangaroo will join Jetstar and Virgin in servicing the route and is offering some sweet deals as part of the announcement.
Qantas will launch the Gold-Coast-Adelaide flights on June 25 with four flights per week initially.
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That will be increased to daily flights in time for the school holidays.
To celebrate, the airline is offering flights from $149 one-way with seats on sale from today.
But those cheap seats won’t last with the sale ending on Sunday.
The new service is expected to pump $14.3 million dollars into the Gold Coast economy and support 111 jobs.
It will also see capacity at Gold Coast Airport jump to 25 per cent above pre-pandemic levels with 410,000 people travelling through the airport in April.
That compares with just 1500 in April last year at the height of the pandemic.
Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills says Qantas’ Adelaide flights will continue Gold Coast Airport’s post-COVID recovery.
“Adelaide has been a growing market for us, and now we look forward to welcoming even more visitors from South Australia,” Mr Mills said.
“The introduction of this service is well-timed for South Australians to head north for a warm winter getaway.
Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan said the new service would provide another boost to the city’s tourism operators.
“Increased competition will stimulate demand from a growing market and make it more affordable for families to holiday in Australia’s favourite playground,” she said.