A host of regional cities including Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns will see a significant lift in flights as Qantas and Jetstar increase domestic and regional activity for June and July.
The additional services will see capacity nationwide increase from 5 per cent of pre-coronavirus levels to 15 per cent by the end of June. This equates to more than 300 more return flights per week.
The airlines said more flights were likely operate during July depending on travel demand and further relaxation of state borders, with the ability to increase to up to 40 per cent of the group’s pre-crisis domestic capacity by the end of July.
Details of the additional flights include:
- More services on capital city routes particularly Melbourne-Sydney and a number of routes to-and-from Canberra.
- Increased intra-state flights for Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.
- Flights will resume on eight routes not currently being operated. These include a resumption of Brisbane-Cairns and Brisbane-Townsville Qantas flights, while Jetstar will resume Brisbane-Whitsunday flights.
- Qantas to commence flights from Sydney to Byron Bay (Ballina), after the route launch was postponed due to the coronavirus.
The news followed an announcement on Wednesday that Alliance Airlines would fly four times per week from Brisbane to the Whitsundays, with an option to ramp up to daily flights if demand permits.
- A state by state breakdown of the Qantas group’s domestic and regional schedule can be viewed here.