Aviation

Qantas launches new NSW routes, opens share purchase plan

Qantas has announced the launch of two new routes to regional NSW in an attempt to help reboot the local tourism industry’s post-COVID recovery.

The first Qantas flight between Sydney and Byron Bay (Ballina) in 15 years departed yesterday morning, and the airline has confirmed its first-ever flights to Orange will start on 20 July.

The additional routes are part of the gradual ramping up of Qantas and Jetstar’s domestic flights, which could get up to 40 per cent of pre-coronavirus capacity levels this month.

Both routes were originally scheduled to start earlier this year, but were delayed due to the coronavirus and travel restrictions.

QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the recent spike in bookings demonstrates there is significant pent-up demand for Australians to take a holiday after months of lockdown.

“As the national carrier, we have an important role to play in driving tourism and reviving the industry that has been devastated by COVID-19,” he said.

“These additional flights are coming at the right time for families who’ve spent much of the recent months confined to their homes and are looking forward to getting out and exploring their own state.”

“While our business has been challenged like never before by COVID-19, the launch of these flights is another step towards a recovery and getting more of our people back flying again.”

Gissing said the new services from Sydney will help connect local travellers to the ever-popular coastal hub of Byron Bay and Orange’s renowned food and wine scene.

“Byron Bay continues to be an incredibly popular destination for holidaymakers of all types, and was one of the most in-demand destinations for Qantas and Jetstar over the past month,” he said.

“After years of locals calling for the flying kangaroo to fly to Orange, the iconic red tail will touch down there for the first time in a few weeks. We are bringing much-needed competition to the route, which has been a monopoly for many years.

“These flights to Orange will make it easier for Sydney residents to discover one of NSW’s most beautiful regions and its world-class restaurants and wineries.”

NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the new services would make it easier than ever for NSW residents to take a country, city or coastal break.

“Tourism is a key industry for NSW’s North Coast, the wine region of Orange and our Harbour City, so these new flights will provide a lifeline for local communities, and a critical link for all travellers,” Minister Ayres said.

“Now there are even more reasons to love NSW with easy access to our pristine beaches, world-class food and wine, and an unforgettable picture-perfect city.

“We encourage anyone who can take a holiday to book their next NSW adventure now to enjoy these idyllic locations and beyond while supporting tourism businesses at the same time.”

QantasLink will operate daily return flights between Sydney and Ballina with its Q400 aircraft. The flights are in addition to Jetstar’s flights from Melbourne and Sydney.

The airline will operate three weekly return services between Sydney and Orange on its Q200 aircraft from 20 July, with plans to increase frequency later in the year.

The new routes come as the Qantas Group opens its share purchase plan (SPP) today, where eligible shareholders have the opportunity to subscribe for up to $30,000 worth of new fully-paid ordinary shares in the company free of any brokerage, commissions and transaction costs.

The SPP follows Qantas’ completion of a fully underwritten institutional share placement worth around $1.4 billion as part of its $1.9 billion equity raising to help the company survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qantas’ post-COVID recovery plan also includes the cutting of at least 6,000 staff and grounding up to 100 aircraft for up to 12 months.


Featured image source: Qantas


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

Ukrainian airline scraps heels and tight skirts for comfy suits and sneakers

SkyUp Airlines has given its cabin crew uniform a modern update that ditches tight fit, restrictive clothing and high heels for something a bit more suited to the job.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Intrepid snares majority stake in New Zealand’s Haka Tours and ANZ Nature Tours

The global travel B Corp has kicked off its future growth plans with a 60 per cent slice of not one, but two touring brands.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Clive Palmer offloads Qantas shares in protest of airline’s staff vaccination policy

by Ali Coulton

Looks like the mining magnate has taken a break from tweeting his famous Tim Tam poems to shake his fist at the flying kangaroo’s vax policy.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Guests forced to hide as heritage-listed hotel break-in causes $30,000 in damage

A group of people have broken down the door of a historic Kalgoorlie hotel, terrorising guests and forcing one woman to hide in a wardrobe.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Get excited, because the European Showcase is coming to a screen near you!

With international borders on the verge of reopening and hype around overseas travel at an all-time high, this event couldn’t have come at a better time!

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

“We can’t live here in hermit kingdom”: NSW to ditch quarantine for international arrivals from 1 November

The big policy shift means that NSW is the only Aussie state to announce quarantine-free international travel.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Royal Caribbean axes Ovation of the Seas’ Aussie sailings until end of March 2022

With no clear pathway toward a resumption of cruising in sight for Australia, the cruise giant has canned its domestic sailings once again.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas to add new routes from Darwin to Far North Queensland

Qantas seems to have a penchant for the Top End at the moment. This time, the flying kanga is boosting connectivity across northern Australia with a couple of new routes.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

“Bugger Byron Bay”: Cowra Tourism invites Chris Hemsworth for a visit in delightful new campaign

In this brilliant video, Cowra pulls out all the stops in an attempt to lure the A-lister to stop by, have a “chin wag” and “get on the sauce”. The town even wants to build a four-story statue in his likeness.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Princess Cruises welcomes aboard new president

Princess Cruises has a new president. One could even say the Carnival-owned line has found its prince.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

“We have a front-row seat to the climate disaster”: Intrepid CEO urges ScoMo to “go all in” at COP26

The adventure travel company is calling on the PM to commit to at least halving emissions by 2030 and an immediate end to new coal power development. Let’s just hope Prince Charles can convince him to attend.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Air New Zealand to transform Boeing 787 into vaccination clinic for special ‘Jabaseat’ flight

A handful of lucky Kiwis will get their COVID-19 jab in a business-class cabin on Saturday as part of a national push to boost the country’s vaccination numbers.

Share

CommentComments