Qantas Launches First Ever Direct Flights Between Sydney and Griffith
QantasLink launched first time nonstop service between Sydney and Griffith today, with the inaugural flight (QF 2121) arriving in Griffith mid-day. The new daily service will be operated with a 50-seat Q300, adding over 700 weekly seats on the route.
On Monday (March 1, 2021), Qantas announced the launch of first-time nonstop service between Sydney and Griffith. The inaugural flight, QF2122, arrived in Griffith at mid-day today. The route will be operated daily and serviced with a Bombardier Q300 (DHC Dash-8-300) turboprop, providing over 700 seats weekly. Speaking from Griffith after the arrival of the inaugural flight, QantasLink’s CEO, John Gissing, said,
“As the national carrier, we have an important role to play in driving tourism and supporting the industry in its recovery from COVID-19. We know Australians want to travel so we’ve been looking for opportunities to support new routes where there is demand and help deliver a boost for local businesses.
“We’re working with tourism partners to promote the world-class wineries and fresh produce of the beautiful Riverina region to millions of our frequent flyers around the country. This is the first time that the flying kangaroo has flown to Griffith. This service will offer locals more choice and competitive fares on what was previously a monopoly route. We think our customers will enjoy the benefits of our premium service, including complimentary food and drinks, baggage and lounge access before they fly out.”
Also commenting on the inaugural service, Griffith’s Mayor, Councillor, John Dal Broi, added,
“Griffith City Council is thrilled to welcome Qantas to Griffith. Connectivity to Sydney is critical to our economy and lifestyle and Council is pleased residents and businesses will now have additional flight scheduling options – the introduction of these flights recognizes Griffith as a growing regional city with increasing potential. I would encourage you to support the air services on offer and consider flying next time you visit Sydney.”
Today, Qantas is also launching a new regional route between Melbourne and Merimbula. Since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Qantas has announced or started 26 new routes across Australia, reflecting increased demand for domestic service. As previously announced, the carrier has introduced a suite of customer initiatives, including unlimited flight changes through at least February 2022.