MELBURNIANS could soon be flocking to the Gold Coast with direct flights between the two regions now officially underway.
The first of many daily services took of yesterday and was operated by the airline’s iconic ‘Retro Roo’, Qantas’ newest 168-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft painted in the 1970s livery.
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer David Collins said the commencement of this service is testament to Qantas’ support of the region.
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“We believe this service will prove to be very successful from both an inbound and outbound perspective, adding more frequency to a route which is in high demand.”
“Gold Coast – Melbourne is the 7th busiest domestic route in Australia and we currently have up to 17 services per day operating.
“Qantas’ return to the Gold Coast three years ago with the Sydney service has been a great addition to Gold Coast Airport, and we are confident the Melbourne service will perform strongly as well,” said Mr Collins.
Qantas Domestic Chief Executive Officer Andrew David said the daily return services were introduced to meet growing demand for a premium service option on the route.
“The Gold Coast is a very popular travel destination, and our customers in Melbourne have been asking us for a direct Qantas flight.”
“The new daily service will add more than 61,000 seats into the Gold Coast market each year, which is in addition to our direct Gold Coast-Sydney flights that we launched in 2012,” Mr David said.
Gold Coast Tourism Chief Executive Officer Martin Winter said Melbourne has long been an important market for the Gold Coast, being its second largest source of interstate visitors.
“We expect this partnership with Qantas and the new daily services will reinforce the Gold Coast’s position as the holiday destination of choice for Melburnians,” Mr Winter said.
Flights have been timed to arrive in to the Gold Coast mid-morning and depart mid-afternoon, with exact times varying by day.
Qantas will further expand its presence in Queensland when it returns to the Sunshine Coast on 21 December with flights between Sydney and Maroochydore.