Aviation

Qantas adds three new routes to connect Tassie to the mainland

Qantas has launched three new routes between Tasmania and the mainland to meet demands for domestic travel.

The airline will now operate flights from Hobart to Brisbane up to five times per week, flights from Hobart to Canberra three days per week and Launceston to Sydney up to four days per week.

All flights will be operated by QantasLink’s dual-class Boeing 717s featuring 12 seats in Business and 98 seats in Economy, offering around 2,500 seats per week across the three routes.

In response to strong sales since the Launceston-Sydney route went on sale, Qantas said it will extend the service beyond the initial eight-week period with flights now due to operate at least until the end of October 2021.

The inaugural flights follow the launch of three other new Qantas Group routes from Hobart in recent weeks, to Perth with Qantas and to Gold Coast with Jetstar – bringing the number of new routes for Tasmania to five.

“Ongoing international border closures mean Australians are more inspired than ever to explore their own backyard,” Qantas’ executive manager of sales and distribution, Igor Kwiatkowski, said.

We want to help kickstart that boom and will be working with our tourism partners to promote the best of Tasmania’s unspoilt landscape, fine foods and fresh produce to travellers around Australia.

“These new flights also provide business travellers with more premium travel options, with a checked baggage allowance, inflight entertainment and food and drinks all included, as well as the option to fly or upgrade to business.

“We know there’s a huge pent up demand for travel. We’ve seen a strong response from travellers since these routes went on sale and have extended the new Launceston service to operate beyond the initial eight-week period.

“These flights will see more families and friends reconnect, deliver a boost for local businesses and help get more of our people flying again.”


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