• Joe Breitfeller

Qantas Launches up to Four Weekly Flights Between Canberra and the Gold Coast From September 25th

Qantas announced on Friday the launch of up to four flights between Canberra and the Gold Coast from September 25, 2020. The carrier will also increase flights between Canberra and Brisbane from four to 14 flights weekly.

QantasLink Boeing 717-200 - Courtesy Qantas

Last Friday (September 18, 2020), Qantas announced a new four-week seasonal service between Canberra and the Gold Coast starting September 25, 2020. The new service will operate up to four times weekly on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays departing Canberra at 12:00 and arriving in the Gold Coast at 13:40. The return flight departs the Gold Coast at 14:20, arriving in Canberra at 16:10. The route will be operated with a Boeing 717-200 configured with 12 Business and 98 Economy Class seats and fares start from $189 each way. Additionally, Qantas will increase flights between Canberra and Brisbane from four to 14 weekly flights, adding an additional 2,220 seats/week. In Friday’s announcement, QantasLink’s CEO, John Gissing said,

“This new flight means you leave Canberra at lunch and by mid-afternoon you can be sitting on the beach and enjoying everything the Gold Coast has to offer. As the national carrier, we’re proud to be offering this new service from the nation’s capital, all taking off just in time for school holidays. We know there is a significant pent up demand for domestic travel with Australians wanting to explore their own backyard. We’ll monitor demand on the route and if it proves successful, we could look to operating flights over the summer school holiday period.”

Also commenting on Friday’s announcement, Gold Coast Airport’s COO, Marion Charlton added,

“This is another positive step for us and comes at the right time in the lead up to school holidays. It is great to have Qantas back flying between the Gold Coast and Canberra.”

This will be the first time in over two decades that Qantas is offering service between Canberra and the Gold Coast. The new interstate flights are being launched as the carrier continues to call for the safe reopening of borders based on medical risk assessments, including a common definition of what constitutes a COVID-19 hotspot.

Source: Qantas