Qantas Announces More Flights to Sunshine and Gold Coasts

23rd Jul 2015

Starting from October, Australian airline Qantas will have more flights to the Sunshine and Gold coasts. The Kangaroo has also launched discount fares for the new flights.

Qantas announced six new flights per week between Sydney and Maroochydore, as well as new daily flights from Melbourne to the Gold Coast and back.

Speaking about Qantas' decision to add more flights to the region, Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said:

"The schedule allows Sunshine coasters to avoid highway traffic, crowds and flight delays, save money on airport parking and arrive in Sydney to do a full day's work and return again that evening. The flights also provide better connections to Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide and the leisure market will benefit with timing better suited to connecting with cruise ships departing southern ports."

Increased Demand for the Sunshine and Gold Coasts

According to Andrew David, Qantas Domestic CEO these changes were a result of the increased demand in southern capitals for both Sunshine and Gold coast. David also said:

"We will introduce a new daily Boeing 737 service between Melbourne and the Gold Coast starting on 25th October. We'll also start six services per week between Sydney and Maroochydore from 21st December."

Speaking about the new flights for Sunshine Coast from Sydney, David said the company had the summer tourism market in mind. He said:

"The QantasLink flights between Sydney and Maroochydore will be operated by a Boeing 717, which offers Q-Streaming in-flight entertainment in every seat via a passenger's personal electronic device and complimentary iPads for all passengers."

Sydney to Maroochydore flights will cost AUS$120.74 (US$89) for the economy class in one way. A flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast (or the other way) will start at AUS$134.30 (US$99), also for the economy class.

Last month, Qantas started flying to Hamilton Island from Melbourne. Next year (in February) the carrier will also add another daily flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast.