Qantas Adds Seven New Domestic Routes

Starting next March, Sydneysiders will be able to fly the full-service carrier direct to Uluru.

A view of Uluru, Australia’s most famous landform. (Photo: Vladimir Haltakov/Unsplash)

Strong demand for domestic travel across Australia has prompted Qantas to announce plans to introduce seven new routes and deploy more wide-body aircraft on services between major state capitals. Direct flights are set to link Townsville with Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney; Adelaide with Cairns and Hobart; Sydney and Uluru; and Perth with the Gold Coast. Five of the routes will be operated by 94-seater Embraer E190 regional jets as part of QantasLink’s partnership with Alliance Airlines. Customers will also see more wide-body aircraft with Business Suites on flights from the East Coast capital cities to Perth and Darwin.

Usually used for long haul international flights including Perth–London, the 236-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will begin operating up to nine Sydney to Perth flights per week. Similarly, wide-body Qantas Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which serviced international routes into Asia, will operate on more flights into Darwin from Sydney and Brisbane, and also into Perth from Sydney and Melbourne. These will be added to the A330s already flying on east-west routes.

According to the airline, these developments will see Qantas’ capacity exceed 100 percent of pre-pandemic levels in the coming months with the group’s market share rising to around 70 percent.

In a statement, Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David said the new routes would support the growing demand for domestic tourism.  “As most international travel remains off limits for now, Australians are taking more regular holidays within the country and we expect these new direct flights to key tourism destinations will be popular with travelers,” said Mr David.

He added that the Qantas Group was now operating 45 more domestic routes compared to before the pandemic, and these increased direct connections were poised to save at least an hour in transit. “We know how popular the 787s and A330s are with our customers on our international network and we think there will be huge demand for the domestic flights these aircraft operate on, particularly frequent flyers looking to use points.”

Qantas’ Newest Routes
Route Start date Frequency Aircraft
Adelaide–Townsville August 2021 3 weekly E190
Adelaide–Cairns August 2021 4 weekly E190
Adelaide–Hobart September 2021 Up to 7 weekly E190
Sydney–Townsville September 2021 Daily E190
Melbourne–Townsville September 2021 Daily E190
Perth–Gold Coast September 2021 3 weekly B737
Sydney–Uluru March 2022 5 weekly B737

These new flights add to Jetstar’s existing services across six of the routes, providing a range of travel options for Qantas Group customers. Fares are already available, with Qantas offering special rates including A$139 on Adelaide–Hobart, A$179 on Sydney–Townsville and A$229 on Perth–Gold Coast.

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