QantasLink gets tropical as Canberra to Cairns lifts off
QantasLink celebrated the start of Canberra – Cairns on 21 November, with this 2,069-kilometre service operating twice-weekly using B717s.
34,000 point-to-point passengers flew between the two in the year to August 2019, booking data via OAG Traffic Analyser reveals, with almost half flying over Brisbane.
QantasLink has direct competition on this route, but only in the form of a one-stop service by Alliance via Sunshine Coast.
On a fare-per-mile basis, previously unserved Canberra – Cairns performed well, based on the analysis we did in October 2019.
Speaking of the new route, Cairns Airport said: “This new service to our nation’s capital will boost important business and tourism links for the region, providing locals with the opportunity to explore iconic national attractions and Canberrans with an opportunity to discover the beauty of Tropical North Queensland.”