Qantas’ regional brand QantasLink will be providing 20,000 seats per year on its new services to and from Kangaroo Island. The direct flights are expected to provide the island, which is renowned for its food, wine and wildlife, with a significant boost in tourist numbers.
In a recent press release QantasLink Chief Executive Officer John Gissing outlined how the new route will benefit both travellers and the island’s economy.
“We’re excited to be adding a new destination to our network, and we look forward to encouraging Australian and international travellers to explore all that Kangaroo Island has to offer,” Mr Gissing said.
“Kangaroo Island is just a short hop away from the mainland. With natural beauty and unique wildlife, the Island has huge potential for growth as a tourism destination and is a fast-growing premium travel market.”
“Our flights will make Kangaroo Island more accessible, saving travel time and providing a new opportunity for our 11 million frequent flyers to use their points.”
Mr Gissing also acknowledged the support of the South Australian Government, Adelaide Airport and the Kangaroo Island Council in helping make the new route possible, with an 18 million dollar upgrade of the island’s Kingscote Airport due to be completed in November.
The new services from Adelaide and Melbourne to the Island will use 50-seat Dash-8 Q300 and 74-seat Q400 aircraft. The Adelaide flights, which are set to commence on the 4th of December 2017, are due to run three times per week year-round and will increase to five services per week during December and January to service the summer tourist season. Commencing on the 17th of December 2017, the Melbourne flights are scheduled to run three times per week during the peak holiday season through to Easter.
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