Qantas Announces Route to Byron Bay and New South Wales' North Coast With New Sydney-Ballina Service
Qantas announced on Friday new Sydney-Ballina service connecting Sydney with Byron Bay and the far north coast of New South Wales for the first time in 15 years. Daily service between Sydney and Ballina will commence on March 29, 2020.
On Friday, Qantas announced new service from Sydney to Ballina, in the Byron Bay and far north coast region of New South Wales (NSW), for the first time in 15 years. Daily service will commence on March 29, 2020 and the route will be serviced by a 50-seat Bombardier Q300. The new service to Ballina will be Qantas’ 12th destination in NSW, as the airline currently serves Sydney, Albury, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Lord Howe Island, Moree, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga. In Friday’s announcement, Qantas Domestic CEO, Andrew David said,
“Byron Bay continues to be an incredibly popular destination for holidaymakers of all types. We’ve seen more and more luxury hotels established in recent years and we think it’s the right time for Qantas to again fly directly to Ballina. Our frequent flyers have been asking for this for some time and we think they’ll enjoy the option of flying on Qantas and the benefits our premium service offers including lounge access before they fly out of Sydney.”
The new Qantas service to Ballina complements existing service by Qantas Group low-cost subsidiary Jetstar, which currently serves Ballina from Sydney and Melbourne. The service adds an additional 36,000 seats between Sydney and Ballina annually, providing Northern Rivers residents and business travelers a convenient new option. The schedule has been timed to accommodate same-day trips with a morning departure from Ballina and an evening return flight from Sydney.