Qantas resumes flights to the Gold Coast

13 Aug 2012 4:15 PMJann Stuckey

Joint Statement:

Premier
The Honourable Campbell Newman

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Jann Stuckey

13/08/2012

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey have announced Qantas will resume direct flights into the Gold Coast from Sydney.

Premier Newman said the announcement was further proof of the State Government’s promise to get Queensland back on track.

“We have identified tourism as one of the four pillars of our economy and will continue doing whatever we can to bring visitors to this state,” Mr Newman said.

“The Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth largest city and a fast growing premium travel market. Now is the right time to get back into that market.

“Hundreds of thousands of regular travellers will benefit as well.”

Qantas last flew out of Coolangatta Airport in July 2008, but will now return with regular economy, premium leisure and business travellers all catered for

The decision will mean an extra 1,000 available seats flying to the Gold Coast each day and nearly 400,000 extra seats per year.

Tour ism Minister Jann Stuckey said today’s announcement was another step in the Government’s plan to return Queensland’s tourism industry to Australia’s number one.

“The Newman Government is committed to doubling overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020,” Ms Stuckey said.

“We are already working on initiatives following our DestinationQ forum, but this move by Qantas will give our plans a significant boost.

“It makes sense that Gold Coast travellers don’t have to travel to Brisbane if they want to fly Qantas.”

Gold Coast Airport already receives nearly 370 inbound flights per week, split across domestic and international carriers.

Having Qantas back on the tarmac means seven airlines will now touch down – Qantas, Jet Star, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Air Asia, Scoot and Tiger.

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