The Qantas Group has announced new services to its international and domestic network into Queensland, increasing the number of direct travel options, both at home and overseas.
On the domestic front, travellers from Melbourne to the Whitsunday Coast region will have more than 15,000 seats a year available to choose from as a result of the dual Qantas and Jetstar brand revamp.
Jetstar will start operating a direct three-times weekly service between Melbourne and the Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) from 25 June 2015. The three hour flights on Monday, Thursday and Saturday will depart Melbourne at 7.35 am, returning at 11.05 am.
Twice weekly flights between Melbourne and Hamilton Island, formerly operated by Jetstar, will start on 27th June. The flights, which will take a few minutes over three hours, will leave Melbourne at 9am and return at 12.50pm.
Although still subject to regulatory approval, Qantas will increase its upcoming Brisbane – Tokyo (Narita) service from four to seven return flights a week. This is a change from the previously announced route starting in August and represents an increase in seats of 75% to over 4000 seats a week.
In making the announcement on 11th February 2015, Qantas’ Regional Manager for Queensland, Peter Collyns, said the announcement demonstrated the Group’s commitment to growing inbound and outbound visitors at all points in the market.
He said “This is great news for Qantas customers who now have a range of new, direct travel options on our international and domestic network. We’ve worked closely with Brisbane Airport to increase our upcoming Tokyo route to a daily service, as well as Tourism and Events Queensland and the Queensland Government. This is a big positive for local tourism because it makes Queensland even more accessible to Japanese travellers.”
He added that “Qantas customers will now have a direct premium service from Melbourne to Hamilton Island, and Jetstar will offer the only low fares between Melbourne and the Whitsunday Coast Airport.”
Jetstar Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Officer David Hall said he was impressed by the revitalisation taking place in Airlie Beach during a visit to the region in December 2014. He said “We know that local tourism operators have been calling for a direct Melbourne service for some time and Jetstar is delighted to offer it with the support of the Whitsunday Regional Council and added
“Low fares encourage more travel demand and there will be plenty of Melbournians looking for some warmer weather when this new service starts in June.”