QantasLink launches Adelaide-Townsville route
QantasLink’s Adelaide to Townsville service
Townsville Airport has celebrated its first new interstate route in almost a decade with QantasLink launching a direct Adelaide-Townsville service – delivering more than 30,000 additional seats between the destinations annually.
It is the only direct service between the two cities, saving travellers more than two hours on a return journey, and meaning they no longer need to go via Brisbane or Sydney. Flights will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
“It is really exciting to celebrate the start of a new route – particularly as other interstate markets remain closed,” said Brendan Cook, General Manager, Townsville Airport. “Queensland and South Australia remain open to each other, and we expect lots of family reunions via this service between now and Christmas. We are celebrating in the terminal today with a themed cake and terminal decorations, giving the first passengers a warm North Queensland welcome.”
QantasLink CEO John Gissing commented: “We know that Australians are eager to travel again, and these new flights open up a direct connection between Adelaide and Townsville just in time for the school holidays. Adelaide has been very popular with travellers over the past year with its culture, entertainment and as a gateway to Australia’s world-famous wine regions. These flights will help drive more visitors to Townsville which will help local businesses in their recovery from the impact of COVID. Our customers and frequent flyers will enjoy our premium service on these new flights, whether it is complimentary food and drinks, baggage or access to lounges in Adelaide and Townsville.”
The Adelaide service is the first of three new E190 aircraft routes through Townsville Airport announced by Qantas earlier this year, including Sydney and Melbourne services which are expected to commence after state borders re-open.
“While we are still being impacted by COVID-19 management measures, these new services are a real positive for North Queensland,” said Cook.