Qantas has announced that it will launch flights
from Sydney to Merimbula, for the first time.
From 18 December 2020, the airline will operate
four direct flights per week with 50-seat Q300 turboprop aircraft,
adding more than 400 seats on the route each week.
John Gissing, QantasLink CEO, said, “With border restrictions fuelling demand for
intra-state travel, we see a big opportunity to bring more
tourists to Merimbula. This will be the first
time that the flying kangaroo has flown to the Sapphire Coast,
which will mean more competitive fares on a route that has been a
monopoly for decades. We’ll be promoting Merimbula to millions of
our frequent flyers across the state in the lead up the flights
commencing. These new flights will help more travellers explore
the beautiful beaches and unique wildlife in and around Merimbula
and give locals more choice in how they get to Sydney.”
Qantas launched two other intra-NSW routes in
July, Sydney-Orange and for the first time in 15 years,
Sydney-Byron Bay (Ballina). Since then, flights to Byron Bay have
increased from one per day to up to four per day to meet demand.
To celebrate the new route, Qantas is launching a
three-day sale with fares available from $149 one-way, unless sold