Qantas Announces New Route to the Whitsundays

Australia’s national airline says demand for domestic travel within Queensland has soared since the closure of international borders.

The unspoiled coastline of Queensland’s Whitsunday Island. (Photo: Guillaume Marques/Unsplash)

With QantasLink launching direct flights from Brisbane to the town of Proserpine (on the Whitsunday Coast) after a seven-year hiatus, holidaymakers in Australia’s Sunshine State will soon have more travel options to the world-famous Whitsunday Islands.

From September 17, 2021, QantasLink will operate up to seven weekly return flights between Proserpine and Brisbane with its 74-seat Q400 turboprop aircraft, adding more than 1,000 seats on the route each week. Between Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar, the Group has now launched more than 45 new routes since the beginning of the pandemic, around half of which are into Queensland.

QantasLink CEO John Gissing said in a statement that the new service would help the local economy and Queensland’s tourism scene recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. “With international borders still largely closed, we’re pleased to be making it easier for Australians to experience the world-famous beaches of the Whitsunday region and access the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” he said. “These new flights also open up the Whitsunday Coast to Qantas customers across the country who will be able to seamlessly connect through Brisbane from our extensive domestic network.”

The new Brisbane–Proserpine service will complement existing Jetstar flights to the Whitsunday Coast from Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Qantas has recently extended its Fly Flexible policy, offering customers who book flights before September 30, 2021 with unlimited “fee-free” date changes when traveling before February 28, 2022. (A fare difference may apply.)

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