If you’re looking for an interstate getaway, Qantas is offering a direct service between the Gold Coast and Canberra.
It’s a chance to check out our national capital after the lifting of border restrictions to the A.C.T.
For the first time in more than two decades, the flying kangaroo will operate up to four flights between Canberra and the Gold Coast.
QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the service was also aimed at increasing tourism to the popular south east region of Queensland.
“As the national carrier, we’re proud to be offering this new service from the nation’s capital.
“We know there is significant pent up demand for domestic travel with Australians wanting to explore their own backyard. We’ll monitor demand on the route.”
Gold Coast Airport COO Marion Charlton welcomed the Qantas Gold Coast-Canberra service, and the lifting of border restrictions by the Queensland Government to the ACT more generally.
“This is another positive step for us. It is great to have Qantas back flying between the Gold Coast and Canberra,” she said.
The new Gold Coast services will operate on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday. The flights will be operated by a dual class Boeing 717 featuring 12 Business Class seats and 98 seats in Economy.
Flights will depart Canberra at 12pm and arrive in the Gold Coast at 1.40pm before departing Gold Coast at 2.20pm arriving back in Canberra at 4.10pm
The new interstate flights come as Qantas steps up its calls for border openings based on medical risk assessments and a common definition of what constitutes a COVID hotspot.
Meantime, Qantas has foreshadowed the possibility of launching flights to South Korea, Taiwan and the Pacific Islands by early 2021.