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Qantas Increases Service From Adelaide to Kangaroo Island After Regional Express Abandons Route

Qantas announced on Friday they will more than double their service from Adelaide to bushfire ravaged Kangaroo Island after Regional Express withdrew from the route. The carrier will increase weekly roundtrip service from five to twelve flights.

QantasLink Bombardier Q-300 - Courtesy Qantas

Today, Qantas announced that they will fully support the recovery of bushfire ravaged Kangaroo Island after Regional Express (REX) abandoned the route. The carrier will increase service to 12 roundtrip flights weekly, up from the current five weekly flights (three during off-peak periods). The additional flights will we serviced with a QantasLink 50-seat Bombardier Q-300 and tickets will go on sale later this month for as little as AUD $99 one way. In Friday’s announcement, QantasLink’s CEO, John Gissing said,

“Now is the time to be supporting Kangaroo Island, not deserting it. What Kangaroo Island needs over the months and years ahead is for tourists to come back and a reliable air service is vital for that to occur. Everyone at Qantas is proud that we are adding more flights and helping Kangaroo Island get back on its feet.”

The airline will also re-time flights at Adelaide to allow easy connections for domestic and international tourists visiting the island with Qantas or partners including American Airlines and Emirates. In addition to the increased service from Adelaide, Qantas also offers summer service to Kangaroo Island from Melbourne. The carrier has already contributed over AUD $3M for bushfire relief and has supported the movement of firefighters and equipment since last September. Qantas has donated AUD $1M to the Australian Red Cross, plus an additional AUD $1M has been collected from their customers.

Source: Qantas

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