Bendigo is getting regular flights to Sydney early next year for the first time in decades.
QantasLink will operate flights six days per week with its 50-seat Q300 turboprop aircraft, offering more than 30,000 seats on the route each year. Flights will increase to daily over the peak summer season.
To mark the announcement, QantasLink flew one of its Q300 turboprop aircraft to Bendigo for a ceremony with the local community.
QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the new Bendigo flights reinforced the national carrier’s commitment to supporting regional Victoria.
“As Australia’s largest regional airline, we know we have an important role to play in connecting communities and making air travel more accessible,” said Gissing.
“No airline has ever offered regular passenger flights between Bendigo and Sydney– so these flights are a win for both travellers and tourism.
“We’re responding to demand from local businesses and industry leaders by adding Bendigo to our network. Direct flights will offer a more convenient way to do business in Sydney, saving travellers around four hours driving time on a round trip instead of flying via Melbourne.
“We look forward to working together to promote destination Bendigo to travellers from across Australia and around the world, driving the tourism and economic growth which is so vital to the region.”
To celebrate the new destination, QantasLink is offering special fares of $129 one-way between Bendigo and Sydney, for travel from 31 March to 26 October 2019. Fares available to book at qantas.com and through travel agents, and the sale ends 17 December 2018.
Bendigo is the 57th destination on the QantasLink network and the Qantas Group’s fourth destination in Victoria after Melbourne, Mildura and Avalon.