Qantas heads for the coasts

Australia’s national flag carrier Qantas is to reintroduce air services between Sydney and the Sunshine Coast as well as launch new ones between Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

Welcoming the moves, Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) CEO Margy Osmond said aviation access was a key determinant in the success of a destination.

“Additional investment in new routes such as these is particularly important at a time when tourism is quickly moving to become Australia’s largest service export industry,” she added.

“Both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast have long sustained their reputation as popular holiday destinations for domestic and international visitors alike, with both regions ranked in the top 10 destinations in Australia.

“They also serve as gateways to regional economies highly influenced by tourism. In 2014, the Gold Coast hosted over 11 million visitors who collectively spent over $4.6 billion in the region. In the same year the Sunshine Coast hosted over 8 million visitors who collectively spent over $2.6 billion.

“Connecting Australia’s major cities with popular Queensland regions will increase options for domestic travellers looking to travel more in their own backyard.”

More access to the Gold Coast would also assist with driving visitors to the Commonwealth Games in 2018, she added.

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