No other airline currently operates a direct, cross-country route between the two Australian cities.
While large parts of Victoria and New South Wales remain in lockdown, Qantas has not stopped diversifying its domestic network, with the latest route being a brand-new connection between South Australia’s state capital and Townsville in north Queensland. Direct services between the two cities were launched this Monday, with thrice-weekly return flights operated on QantasLink’s Embraer E190 regional jet aircraft, delivering more than 550 seats on the route each week.
According to Qantas, the E190s were introduced to QantasLink’s network in May as part of the airline’s new agreement with Alliance Airlines. With its size, range and economics, the 94-seat jet has opened up a number of new routes that wouldn’t have been viable with Qantas’ existing fleet, including three new routes from Townsville and four from Adelaide. And with no other airline currently operating between the two cities, the flights will save more than two hours in travel time on a round trip instead of flying via other places.
QantasLink CEO John Gissing said in a statement, “We know that Australians are eager to travel again, and these new flights open up a direct connection between Adelaide and Townsville just in time for the school holidays. Adelaide has been very popular with travelers over the past year with its culture, entertainment and as a gateway to Australia’s world-famous wine regions.” He added, “These flights will help drive more visitors to Townsville, which will help local businesses in their recovery from the impact of Covid.”
Qantas is currently offering sale fares on the route from A$179 one-way for travel between October 2021 and March 2022, available until Saturday, 25 September, unless sold out beforehand. Thanks to the airline’s Fly Flexible policy, customers who book flights for travel before February 28, 2022 are eligible for unlimited fee-free date changes.
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