QANTAS Airways has announced it will launch a new route between Sydney and Launceston for the summer holidays following the easing of border restrictions between New South Wales and Tasmania.
Beginning December 4, 2020, QANTAS will operate three return services per week with its Boeing 717 aircraft, increasing to four return services from the following week onwards until February 1, 2021.
This will give travellers almost 900 additional seats on the route each week. The airline will look to add more flights beyond eight week period if there is demand. This is the first time the flying kangaroo has flown Launceston-Sydney since 2004.
With borders opening up, QANTAS will also restart flights between Hobart to Sydney, with 11 return services per week from November 6, 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.
As a result of these additional flights, the QANTAS Group will offer more than 125,000 seats between Tasmania and the mainland in December, representing more than 10 percent of total published QANTAS Group domestic capacity for the month.
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