In a win for the Sunshine State, Qantas has announced a revamp of its domestic and international network as the airline increases its Queensland flight schedule.
Brisbane to Tokyo (Narita) and Melbourne to Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) are all set to be boosted with the reshuffle.
Brisbane to Tokyo (Narita)
The upcoming Qantas service between Brisbane and Tokyo is set to move from four times a week to daily service in August 2015. The boost in service will represent an increase of 75% or 4,000 seats per week. The flight increase was made possible due to the change in Sydney to Tokyo flights which are moving from busy Narita Airport to the closer in Haneda Airport.
Melbourne to Hamilton Island
From June 27, Qantas will introduce a twice weekly return service between Melbourne and Hamilton Island - taking over the route from Jetstar. The switch to Qantas will introduce a premium service and business class cabin to the route.
Melbourne to Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine)
From June 25, Jetstar will commence their three weekly service between Melbourne and Proserpine giving Melbournians a warm weather alternative to winter. As the gateway to Whitsunday Islands and as an alternative airport to Mackay (approximately 1.5 hour drive south) this new non-stop service is a boost for tourism to Airlie Beach and the surrounding islands.
Qantas’ Regional Manager for Queensland, Peter Collyns, said the announcement demonstrated the Group’s commitment to growing inbound and outbound visitors at all points in the market.
“This is great news for Qantas customers who now have a range of new, direct travel options on our international and domestic network,” Mr Collyns said.
“We’ve worked closely with Brisbane Airport to increase our upcoming Tokyo route to a daily service, as well as Tourism and Events Queensland and the Queensland Government. This is a big positive for local tourism because it makes Queensland even more accessible to Japanese travellers.
“Qantas customers now have a direct premium service from Melbourne to Hamilton Island, and Jetstar will offer the only low fares between Melbourne and the Whitsunday Coast Airport,” Mr Collyns said.
Jetstar Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Officer David Hall said he was impressed by the revitalisation taking place in Airlie Beach during a visit to the region in December 2014.
“We know that local tourism operators have been calling for a direct Melbourne service for some time and Jetstar is delighted to offer it with the support of the Whitsunday Regional Council,” Mr Hall said.
“Low fares encourage more travel demand and there will be plenty of Melbournians looking for some warmer weather when this new service starts in June.”