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MORE NEW QANTAS ROUTES & AIRCRAFT DEPLOYMENTS

Further to our recent update about Qantas operating its Boeing 787 Dreamliners between Sydney and Perth, the national carrier has announced seven new domestic routes, as well as widebody aircraft deployments on domestic routes.

The new routes—Townsville to Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney; Adelaide to Cairns/Hobart; Sydney-Uluru and Perth-Gold Coast—provide direct connections and reduce travel time for customers.

They also bring the total number of routes Qantas and Jetstar have added since the start of the pandemic to 45.

“We’re delighted to see the domestic travel market starting to flourish again. These new Qantas routes will, no doubt, be very popular,” said The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

Five of the routes will be operated by 94-seat Embraer E190 regional jets as part of QantasLink’s partnership with Alliance Airlines.

Travellers will also see more widebody aircraft with Business Suites on flights from East Coast capital cities into Darwin and Perth.

Widebody Qantas Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which serviced international routes into Asia, will operate on more flights into Darwin from Sydney and Brisbane, and also into Perth from Sydney and Melbourne. These will be added to the A330s already flying on east-west routes.

Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David said the new routes would support the growing demand for domestic tourism.

“As most international travel remains off limits for now, Australians are taking more regular holidays within the country and we expect these new direct flights to key tourism destinations will be popular with travellers,” said Mr David.

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QANTAS TAKES OFF WITH NEW ROUTES & MORE SEATS

The national carrier has been busy recently, responding to an easing of travel restrictions with a suite of new routes, the resumption of others, and more seats available on some routes by deploying larger aircraft.

“We’re really thrilled to see Qantas launching new routes, resurrecting others, and increasing capacity of popular routes. It’s driving a real increase in inquiry from clients who are just itching to travel again,” says The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

NEW ROUTES

1..Perth-Hobart

From 14 November Qantas will launch a new route between Perth and Hobart. The new seasonal service will operate three days per week until 31 January 2021 with a Boeing 737 aircraft.

“We so look forward to seeing this route take off, and more Australians visiting every corner of this incredible country,” says Lisa Byers, General Manager of The Travel Authority Group – Western Australia

2. Sydney-Launceston

From 4 December 2020, Qantas will operate three return services per week with Boeing 717 aircraft, increasing to four return services from the following week until 01 February.

“As the national carrier, we’re delighted to add direct flights between Launceston and Sydney for the first time in 16 years. We’ll keep a close eye on demand and if it proves successful we will look to extend the service,” said Qantas Domestic and International CEO, Andrew David.

This is the first time since 2004 that the flying kangaroo has flown between Launceston and Sydney.

3. Resuming Sydney-Hobart

With borders opening up, Qantas will also restart flights between Hobart to Sydney, with 11 return services per week from 6 November 2020.

This announcement follows two other new routes the Qantas Group has launched to Tasmania in response to demand – Brisbane-Hobart with Qantas and Gold Coast-Hobart with Jetstar.

With these additional flights, the Qantas Group will offer more than 125,000 seats between Tasmania and the mainland in December—that’s more than 10% of the Group’s total published domestic capacity for the month.

5. More Seats to Byron Bay

By introducing the larger Boeing 737 aircraft to the Byron Bay (Ballina) route between 9 November and the end of March 2021, Qantas is adding some 1,500 seats each week on the popular route over the summer.

Additional Services

Qantas is also making the following changes to its operating schedule:

  • Increasing Adelaide to Perth flights from 4 flights to 7 flights per week
  • Increasing Brisbane to Perth flights from 5 flights to 14 flights per week
  • Increasing Darwin to Perth flights from 2 flights to 3 flights per week
  • Resuming 4-weekly Canberra to Perth flights

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