Aviation

NEW ROUTES: QantasLink to connect NSW’s Riverina with QLD and two of Australia’s premier wine regions

QantasLink has announced two new routes in anticipation of a boom in interstate holidays early next year.

From 28 March, the national carrier’s regional service will offer direct services between Wagga Wagga and Brisbane and between Adelaide and Newcastle.

The new Wagga Wagga route will provide Riverina travellers with direct flights to Queensland for the first time in four years, while the services between Newcastle and Adelaide will be the only service connecting the two wine regions.

The two new routes will save travellers 90 minutes and two hours respectively compared with flying via Sydney.

The Wagga Wagga service will be operated on the airline’s 74-seat Q400 turboprop aircraft, while the Newcastle service will operate using QantasLink’s E190 regional jet aircraft with both routes operating three weekly return flights.

The new routes come as Qantas celebrates the take-off of a new Tasmanian service.

On Monday, the airline began operating direct flights between Brisbane and Launceston for the first time to help meet the increasing demand for travel to Tasmania.

The national carrier will operate three return services per week with QantasLink’s Boeing 717 aircraft until at least the end of March 2022, offering more than 15,000 additional seats between the two cities with a view to adding more flights beyond this date if there is demand.

This is the eighth new Tasmanian route Qantas and Jetstar have launched since the start of the pandemic, in response to strong demand from Australians looking for domestic holidays.

Meanwhile, Qantas first-class skincare partner LaGaia UNEDITED is ready for take-off in hotels globally.

The Australian skincare brand has expanded to lavish hotel bathrooms alongside luxury hotel amenity provider VANITY GROUP.

Designed for distinguished frequent flyers and now hotel guests, LaGaia UNEDITED has been adorned every Qantas first-class journey since 2019.

The brand’s hotel collection features Bitter Orange & Cedarwood haircare and Grapefruit & Orange body care; both a scented blend paired with essential oils to ground and energise travellers.



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