The city’s struggling tourism industry has been given a boost, with Virgin Australia today announcing its increasing flights to and from the Gold Coast.
Three new domestic services will take off from December and operate between the Gold Coast, Cairns, Hobart and Launceston.
Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said the new services could not have come at a better time, with the flights scheduled to start during what was usually the peak tourism season and as travel started to ramp up.
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“When the Gold Coast-Launceston flights start in early December, it will be the first time a scheduled service has operated on this route in more than 20 years, creating another new market for the Gold Coast,” he said.
“Extra capacity on the already popular Gold Coast-Hobart and Gold Coast-Cairns routes is also extremely welcome.
“These services will deliver more options for visitors wanting to come to the Gold Coast and for locals looking to holiday in Tasmania and North Queensland.”
Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan said the additional services have the ability to bring an additional 19,000 tourists per month to the glitter strip.
“This increased connectivity into the Gold Coast is estimated to inject over $43 million into the local economy, which is very welcomed after a challenging 18 months for our tourism industry,” Ms O’Callaghan said.
“Well timed to kick-off in the lead up to Christmas, families and friends can take that trip they’ve been dreaming of and reconnect at our spacious beaches, lush subtropical rainforest, in our theme parks and at the hundreds of tours and attractions, dining and retailers we have dotted around the region.
“Thank you to Virgin Australia for their vote of confidence in the Gold Coast and to our partners Gold Coast Airport, City of Gold Coast and Tourism and Events Queensland for their valued support,” she said.
The fares will be on sale from $79 one-way from today until midnight Friday 15 October.