Qantas and Jetstar boost flights to Sunshine state in time for Christmas

Qantas and Jetstar 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 1 December, 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 1 December. 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 per cent of pre-COVID levels by Christmas. Both airlines will continue to monitor demand closely and look to add more flying as required.

By early December, Qantas Frequent Flyers will have access to 30 of the 35 domestic and regional lounges across the airline’s network.

Comments from Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce:

“This is news that many families have been waiting so long to hear.

“On behalf of tourism operators across all three states, we thank the Queensland Government and Premier Palaszczuk.

“New South Wales and Victoria have done such a great job getting the virus under control that it makes complete sense to open the borders to Sydney and Melbourne.

“Based on the demand we’re seeing already, Queenslanders can expect to welcome a lot more visitors in the next few months.

“We can’t wait to see a repeat of the heartwarming scenes in Melbourne and Sydney this week with families reuniting after months apart, this time in Queensland.

“Australia as a whole needs certainty about state borders staying open, particularly when the testing and tracing framework is now so well established. We renew our calls for a consistent set of rules that apply nationwide to prevent hasty, patchwork decisions on borders being made.”

AirlineRouteCurrent weekly return flightsWeekly return flights DecemberLead-in fare (one-way)
QantasSydney-Brisbane2563$199
JetstarSydney-Brisbane444$85
QantasSydney-Gold Coast08$153
JetstarSydney-Gold Coast464$69
QantasSydney-Hamilton Island04$233
JetstarSydney-Hamilton Island07$129
QantasSydney-Cairns07$236
JetstarSydney-Cairns324$144
JetstarSydney-Sunshine Coast012$79
JetstarSydney-Townsville07$124
JetstarNewcastle-Gold Coast44$61
JetstarSydney-Proserpine03$109
JetstarMelbourne-Proserpine04$146
QantasMelbourne-Brisbane028$225
JetstarMelbourne-Brisbane035$122
QantasMelbourne-Gold Coast07$192
JetstarMelbourne-Gold Coast044$114
QantasMelbourne-Cairns04$287
QantasMelbourne-Sunshine Coast07$199
JetstarMelbourne-Sunshine Coast015$113
JetstarMelbourne-Townsville27$125
JetstarAvalon-Gold Coast04$99

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