* Jim Hickey (Deputy Mayor), Jay Nankivell (General Manager), John Gissing (QantasLink CEO) and Mayor Tom Kennedy (far right) joined Qantas staff on the tarmac today at the launch of the airline’s new service.
Qantas has touched down in Broken Hill with the airline today announcing that it would be offering flights in and out of the city.
From 8 April 2022, Qantas will operate two weekly return flights between Sydney and Broken Hill with its 50-seat Q300 aircraft.
QantasLink CEO, John Gissing, announced the new service live on Sunrise this morning, saying the route would create stronger connections for the far west of New South Wales for both business and leisure travellers.
“Broken Hill is a unique Australian town and as the national carrier, we are thrilled to be adding it to our route map today,” said Mr Gissing.
“We know many Australians are eager for their next holiday destination and outback New South Wales has plenty to offer. This new route will make it easier for travellers to experience Broken Hill’s rich history, growing cultural scene and spectacular natural surrounds.
“Residents of the far west will be able to seamlessly connect on to our domestic and international networks through Sydney, with local businesses and industries set to benefit from stronger travel connections and more visitors
Mayor Tom Kennedy said the new Qantas service would be warmly received by local residents.
“I think the community will be very excited to see the arrival of Qantas and to see some competition in the local market,” said Mayor Kennedy.
“Air travel is of vital importance to our community for tourism, health, and education, and I’d like to thank Qantas for providing locals with more options and more flexibility by offering their services out of Broken Hill.”
Mayor Kennedy also reiterated Council’s ongoing support of REX and thanked the airline for their ongoing commitment to Broken Hill.
“From our perspective our relationship with REX remains unchanged, and we remain committed to our ongoing partnership,” said Mayor Kennedy.
“REX has provided an important and reliable air service from the city for many years, and we look forward to working with REX well into the future.”
The new Qantas flights will operate on a Monday and Friday to offer Broken Hill residents an easy long weekend in the city and allow visitors to make the most out of their outback exploration.
Fares will start from $269 one-way, but to celebrate the new destination, Qantas is offering a special sale fare starting from $189 one-way, available for sale until 21 February, unless sold out prior.