Qantas announced on Wednesday that they will be launching much-needed service from Orange in Central West New South Wales to Sydney. QantasLink will operate 11 return flights between Orange and Sydney from May 1, 2020.
Today, Qantas announced new service between Orange in Central West NSW and Sydney. Starting May 1, 2020, the airline will offer 11 return flights on the route which will be serviced with Bombardier Q200/300s (now called De Havilland Canada Dash 8-200/300s). The new service will provide much-needed connectivity for Orange with the addition of 45,000 seats annually. Orange residents will benefit from more flight options and competitive fares, along with seamless connections on Qantas’ network and international network partners like Emirates and American Airlines. In Wednesday’s announcement, QantasLink CEO, John Gissing said,
“After years of locals calling for flying kangaroo, the iconic red tail will touch down at Orange Airport for the first time in May. Orange is a thriving place with an increasingly diverse economy. There’s growing demand for a premium airline to connect business and leisure travellers. These additional flights will make it easier for Sydney residents and domestic and international tourists to discover one of NSW’s most beautiful regions, with its world-class restaurants and wineries. As part of our commitment to the route we will also promote Orange on a global stage, across Qantas’ domestic and international markets and the airline’s 13 million frequent flyers.”
Also commenting on Wednesday’s announcement, NSW’s Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres added,
“Now’s the time to show your love for NSW and book a flight to explore Orange, which really does offer a world-class experience with exceptional food, wine and scenery. This city is very much open for business and ready to welcome visitors and it’s fantastic to see Qantas helping even more people experience this beautiful part of our state.”
To celebrate the new route, Qantas is offering special fares of AUD $129 on the 50-minute flight between Orange and Sydney for travel between May 1st, 2020 and October 25, 2020. The introductory fares will be available until February 17, 2020. Additionally, Orange residents can join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free until February 28, 2020 via qantas.com/orangefreejoin.
Orange is Qantas’ 13th NSW destination after Sydney, Albury, Armidale, Ballina (Byron Bay), Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Lord Howe Island, Moree, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga. In 2019, the Qantas Group contributed AUD $1.6B to regional Australia and generated more than 5,000 jobs.