Alliance Airlines will now operate a new service from the Whitsundays in and out of Brisbane. Picture: SUPPLIED
Alliance Airlines will now operate a new service from the Whitsundays in and out of Brisbane. Picture: SUPPLIED

Flying start for the Whitsundays’ newest airlines

BOOKINGS aboard the region’s newest carrier are flying out the door with 600 seats sold in under 12 hours.

The partnership with Alliance Airlines announced yesterday proved to be the perfect push for those looking to holiday in Queensland with flights set to take off on June 22 in time for the winter school holidays.

Whitsunday Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Aviation and Tourism Craig Turner said it was great to see the early uptake and revealed 25 per cent of all bookings made so far were for the first week of travel from June 22.

Mr Turner hoped the new flights would be the beginning of the region’s return to normality with more plans in the pipeline to extend services.

“For us, it’s just the first step in our COVID recovery,” he said.

“Having access to Brisbane now and the Brisbane market is going to mean that our operators and our industry can start to rebuild their businesses.

“It’s a super important step and I can guarantee that we’re working with other airlines and we’re talking about more capacity.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the flights in Airlie Beach yesterday. Image: Laura Thomas
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the flights in Airlie Beach yesterday. Image: Laura Thomas

“For us to, in this difficult time, be able to secure a new airline to the region is a really great result.

“We’re working, based on demand, to bring extra capacity to the region through Alliance’s brand and also talking with other airlines as well. Certainly, the more flights we can get in to speed up the recovery the better we’ll all be.”

Jetstar also announced today they would recommence flights in and out of the region from June 27.

However, while restrictions on interstate travel remain, Mr Turner said the push to secure flights and boost intrastate travel was still a win for the region and did not rule out a Sydney to Whitsunday route with Alliance Airlines.

“The Whitsundays is a diverse region and the commitment of the council to partner with a new carrier to find a solution for flights to resume should be applauded,” he said.

“Instead of sitting and waiting for the situation to change, council has jumped on the front foot to negotiate a positive outcome for our community.”

Fares will start at $99 one-way including taxes and all fares are inclusive of 20kg free checked baggage.


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