Regional airline REX will soon be flying in and out of the Gold Coast, bringing plenty more tourists our way.
It’s announced that it’ll fly direct from here to Melbourne and Sydney twice daily from March 29.
Flights are expected to start from as low as $69 from Sydney, and $79 from Melbourne.
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The Gold Coast Airport has been chosen as one of the first destinations in REX’s domestic expansion, which the Queensland Airports CEO Chris Mills is very pleased with.
“This is a vote of confidence in the Gold Coast. People want to travel again, and the Gold Coast is at the top of their wish list. Clearly Rex sees the opportunity this presents.
“These new services give customers even more choice on the Gold Coast’s two busiest routes,” Mr Mills said.
The airline will use its Boeing 737800 jets, which have a capacity of 176 passengers.
That means around 5,000 passengers will arrive on the Gold Coast every week.
Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan told myGC it’s great news for local tourism.
“We know that we were down 30 per cent in visitation over the Summer period, so it’s really important that we make it as accessible for people to get into the region.
“These new entry routes come at a critical time and hopefully into our winter well be seeing a lot more of those trying to escape the cold and the winter of the south into the Gold Coast where we have so much to offer and our industry wants to welcome them with open arms,” Ms O’Callaghan said.
It comes as the Queensland border restrictions relax to the Greater Melbourne area, meaning there are currently no borders in place.
Ms O’Callaghan admits the sporadic closures have been pretty difficult for the tourism industry, but it hasn’t deterred Destination Gold Coast from targeting domestic visitors.
“Anything can happen in a global pandemic, but at the moment we’re full steam ahead.
“We’re welcoming back visitors that weren’t able to access us, and we’re also putting in new aviation routes to ensure that we’re making it as easy as possible.
“Whilst we can’t predict what will happen tomorrow, what we can say is that we’re not taking our foot off the pedal and if we can see as many visitors back into the region as quickly as possible it will not only help our industry continue to rebuild but importantly it will make sure that we’re stronger on the other end of this pandemic,” Ms O’Callaghan said.