Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

FLIGHTS RESUMING: Airline to start flying to the Whitsundays

WHITSUNDAY Coast Airport has secured a new airline partner that will resume flights in and out of the region by the end of this month.

Alliance Airlines has agreed to commence return flights to Brisbane four times per week from June 22, using 100 and 80 seat Fokker jets.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement from the Airlie Beach Foreshore this morning, saying the deal was secured in partnership with Whitsunday Regional Council and there was an option to ramp up to daily flights if there was higher demand.

“We know how crucial the tourism industry is to the livelihoods of people in this region,” she said.

“We want to see more Queenslanders having a holiday in the Whitsundays. That’s what today’s announcement is all about.”

It was estimated the flights would generate more than $9.2 million and bring in nearly 5300 tourists to the region over the next 12 months.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said flights would return to the Whitsundays for the first time since March 28 and would create more than 85 local jobs.

“We know that more tourists means more cash for local businesses,” Ms Jones said.

“This will pump millions of dollars into the local economy and support local jobs.”

Flights will be available to book from June 3 with the first flight scheduled to land ready for the school holidays.

Mayor Andrew Willcox, CEO of Tourism Whitsundays Tash Wheeler, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, CEO of Queensland Tourism Industry Council Daniel Gschwind and Tourism Minister Kate Jones
Mayor Andrew Willcox, CEO of Tourism Whitsundays Tash Wheeler, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, CEO of Queensland Tourism Industry Council Daniel Gschwind and Tourism Minister Kate Jones

Fares will start at $99 one-way including taxes and includes 20kg of free checked baggage.

Alliance Airlines CEO, Lee Schofield, said that Alliance Airlines was delighted to be partnering with Whitsunday Coast Airport to make these new flights a reality.

“We understand there are many essential services that are currently unable to access the Whitsundays and Alliance are proud to be able to be the first airline to recommence scheduled services to Whitsunday Coast Airport,” he said.

“With current travel restrictions easing we look forward to working with WCA to welcome many visitors to the Whitsunday region on our flights.

“Alliance Airlines are proud to be playing this important role in reawakening tourism in this beautiful part of Queensland.”

Alliance Airlines is a Queensland-based charter and scheduled airline operating over 40 aircraft across Australia.

In Queensland, Alliance Airlines currently maintains operational bases in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns. Alongside a range of charter services across Queensland, Alliance also operates scheduled airline services between Brisbane, Bundaberg and Gladstone.

For more information or to book a flight, visit: www.allianceairlines.com.au.

Flights will also soon be available for sale through local and online travel agencies.


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