Aviation

Virgin, Qantas boost flights between South Australia and NSW

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

With South Australia on track to open its border to NSW residents from midnight tonight, both Virgin Australia and Qantas have committed to increasing flights between the states.

As of Thursday, residents from NSW will join those of the ACT in being able to travel to SA without having to undertake a 14-day quarantine. Residents of the ACT will soon be able to freely travel to Queensland, as well.

In response to the news, Virgin has scheduled more flights and recommenced services between the states and territory, including recommencing flights between Canberra and Adelaide (from 12 October), and operating daily flights between Adelaide and Sydney (from 2 October).

By the end of October, Virgin will also have progressed to operating daily return flights between Brisbane and Canberra, with the carrier further committing to add more than 3,000 seats between Canberra and Gold Coast for travel during October 2020.

This network increase will be serviced by Virgin’s current deployed fleet of Boeing 737s.

The airline also continues to operate direct services between Adelaide and Brisbane, and Adelaide and Gold Coast.

Virgin’s general manager of network and revenue management, Russel Shaw, said the news of Queensland and SA’s reopening to Canberrans and the latter to Sydneysiders is great news for tourism operators.

“We’re pleased that Queensland is re-opening to ACT residents and that South Australia is re-opening to both ACT and NSW residents, which is great news for tourism operators and the local economies,” he said.

“We look forward to the safe re-opening of further borders to help the tourism and aviation industries to recover and provide more opportunities for Australians to travel locally.”

Virgin also revealed to Travel Weekly that it would be dropping a sale for flights between Adelaide and Sydney, with fares available for $119, alongside flights between Adelaide and Canberra (starting at $179), and Canberra and Gold Coast (starting at $169).

Image source: iStock/Ryan Fletcher

Meanwhile, Qantas and Jetstar will boost capacity between SA and NSW because of border restrictions easing between the states, following its planned increase in flights between Queensland and the ACT.

From Thursday, Qantas will reintroduce flights between Sydney and Adelaide, offering a daily service operated by a 176-seat Boeing 737-800. Fares start at $213.

Jetstar will also increase flights from five per week to twice daily from 1 October, and three times daily from 1 November. Jetstar is expected to announce details of a flash sale today for flights between the two cities.

“The resumption of Qantas flights from Sydney to Adelaide and additional Jetstar flights on the route will be fantastic for tourism operators and local businesses in both South Australia and New South Wales,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

“With the ongoing travel restrictions, we’re pleased to be able to help more travellers explore world-class destinations in their own country while getting more business and people back to work.

“We’ll continue to monitor demand and look to add more seats.”

Qantas has not operated flights between Sydney and Adelaide since July.

The reintroduced flights will operate as QF 735 departing Sydney at 9:15am and arriving in Adelaide at 10:55am. QF 740 will depart Adelaide at 11:40am and arrive back in Sydney at 2pm.

Qantas advised that if the caveat placed by the SA government is enacted in relation to community transmissions in NSW, customers will have the option to move their flight.

Qantas also revealed that almost 60,000 people have signed its petition that invited them to show their support for the reopening of Australia’s domestic borders.

Additionally, as of 25 September, the Flying Kangaroo will for the first time in 20 years operate up to four flights between Canberra and the Gold Coast.

It will also increase flights between Canberra and Brisbane from four flights per week to 14 flights, adding an extra 2,200 seats each week.

News of the increase in capacity across Australia comes after Virgin Australia in July announced a massive increase in domestic services – a move that came shortly after its rival announced it would resume flights to Ballina after a 15-year hiatus, as well as its first-ever flights to Orange.

Virgin Australia Group CEO and managing director Paul Scurrah will be speaking at the travel industry’s most thought-provoking conference, Travel DAZE 2020. To find out more or to register, click here.


Featured image source: iStock/Ryan Fletcher

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Travel Agents

AFTA’s Resilient Mind program yields huge results

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has shared results from its Resilient Mind Program, revealing huge improvements in mental […]

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Club Med gets into the gift card game

This Christmas, your clients can treat friends and family with the gift of a much-needed holiday AND give you a tidy commission in one go!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Bombshells emerge over Western Sydney Airport land deal, as AFP investigates

The stench around the ‘Leppington Triangle’ deal, which saw taxpayers fork out 10 times what the land was valued as, is getting worse by the day.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Australia’s incoming passenger cards to get the chop

Are you one of those people who never seems to have a pen handy to fill out the incoming passenger card post-flight? Rejoice here.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Airline embroiled in website scam duping travellers with fake tickets

Have you purchased some too-good-to-be-true-airfares for your clients recently? You might want to read this.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism Fiji’s CEO to exit

After four-and-a-half years at the helm, Matt Stoeckel is saying ‘ni sa moce’ to Tourism Fiji.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Financial reporting and AGM pressure eases for Virgin Australia

The embattled airline has also launched a 20th birthday sale, with fares from just $69, along with a bunch of cheap tickets to and from Melbourne.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Canadian tourist sends “cursed” artefacts back to Pompeii

by Ali Coulton

A travel agent in Italy has received a peculiar package containing “cursed” ancient ruins and a letter of confession.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

New data reveals most popular rental car brands around the world

Ever wondered what the most popular rental car brand is in Latvia? Well, today is your lucky day because we’ve got the answer right here.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

APT takes to the skies with ‘Private Air Tours’

Just like trackpants, Birkenstocks and sourdough baking, it seems privately chartered flights are all the rage right now.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Azamara grows local presence and announces 2021 European cruises

The boutique cruise line has tripled the size of its local sales team with a slew of new appointments, as well as revealing its new restart date.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Travel DAZE 2020 speaker spotlight: Maria Elena Rossi, Italian National Tourist Board

We caught up with the Italian National Tourist Board’s marketing chief to find out why the organisation is supporting next month’s event, and what to expect from her session.

Share

CommentComments