QANTAS Airways and Jetstar Airways will operate more than 1200 extra return flights into the Sunshine State from New South Wales and Victoria in the lead up to Christmas, following the decision by the Queensland Government to lift border restrictions.
From December 1, 2020, the two airlines will operate more than 250 return flights per week across seven routes from Sydney. This compares with just 36 return flights per week currently.
Pending a final decision from the Queensland Government, QANTAS and Jetstar will also operate more than 160 flights per week from Melbourne from December 1. Jetstar will also operate four weekly services from Avalon to the Gold Coast from January.
The easing of border restrictions means both airlines will reinstate more than 10 routes which had been suspended providing more choice and a mix of premium and leisure travel.
The additional flights will return the Qantas Group’s flying schedule to around 60 percent of pre-COVID levels by Christmas. Both airlines will continue to monitor demand closely and look to add more flying as required.
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In other news, QANTAS on November 23 operated its first flight between Mildura and Sydney, coinciding with the opening of the New South Wales border to Victoria.
The route was originally scheduled to start in March but was delayed due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions.
Flights will operate four days per week with the airline’s 50-seat Q300 turboprop aircraft, offering more than 20,000 seats on the route each year.
The new service will be the only direct connection between Sydney and Mildura, saving travellers around two hours compared to flying via Melbourne.
QantasLink also operates direct flights between Mildura and Melbourne.
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