(23 Feb 2021)
Qantas has said that it will add three new
routes and extra seats to the New South Wales north coast to
support growing demand for holidays in Australia.
From 1 April 2021, Qantas will launch three new
routes to both Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay (Ballina).
The Melbourne to Coffs Harbour flights will operate
daily with Qantas’ Boeing 717 aircraft, adding more than 1,750
seats on the route each week.
The Brisbane to Coffs Harbour flights will operate
four days per week with turboprop Q400 aircraft, adding around
600 seats on the route each week.
Canberra to Byron Bay, Qantas’ first ever direct
service connecting the two destinations, will have two flights per
week with turboprop Q400 aircraft.
Flights will initially
operate in April and Qantas will look to continue the service from
July in line with demand.
More seats will also be added between Sydney and
Coffs Harbour with the introduction of Qantas’ larger two-class
B717 aircraft during the April school holidays, operating
alongside the Q400 which also operate on the route. This will see
Qantas offer around 500 extra seats on the route each week, for a
total of 4,300 seats, and the option to travel in Business Class.
QantasLink CEO, John Gissing, said, “With
international borders closed, we want to make it even easier for
travellers to holiday around Australia. The beautiful coastal hubs of Byron Bay and
Coffs Harbour continue to be incredibly popular with travellers,
so it makes sense to provide direct connections from other capital
cities to make them even more accessible. Travellers from Canberra
can spend more time on the beach and less time on their journey
with our direct service to Byron Bay.”
Qantas currently operates up to 20 return flights
per week between Sydney and Ballina Byron Bay and 28 weekly return
flights between Sydney and Coffs Harbour.
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