Cairns Airport welcomed the first QantasLink flight between Adelaide and Cairns today in a further vote of confidence for the region, marking the start of a new four per week return service, between the two cities.
QantasLink joins Jetstar and Virgin Australia on this route, marking a first for the national carrier. The additional services in time for the school holidays, take the total number of flights from Adelaide to Cairns to 15 services per week, offering travellers from Cairns and Adelaide more choice and greater flexibility.
Cairns Airport’s Chief Operating Officer Garry Porter said the commencement of the services was proof that the Tropical North Queensland brand remains strong, with our destination in high demand from travellers that can come to Queensland.
“I congratulate QantasLink on further committing to the Cairns market, helping our visitor economy bounce back and expand opportunities for travel.
“Our seat capacity for Adelaide has grown by 80 per cent since 2019 and that’s a direct reflection of the demand for travel between the two regions.
“We now have five thousand seats a week between Cairns and Adelaide and this route is now very well serviced. Without visitors from NSW and Victoria, South Australia is our key interstate market driving visitation to our region.”
QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the airline had already seen a great response to the new flights since they went on sale.
“These new flights will help bring more visitors to Cairns which will be great for the Queensland economy with flow on benefits for local businesses in their recovery from the impact of COVID.
“Adelaide has also been very popular with travellers taking the opportunity to holiday at home over the past year with its world-class culture and entertainment and as a gateway to Australia’s world-famous wine regions.
“Travellers will be able to earn and use points on these new flights and enjoy our premium service, whether its complimentary food and drinks, baggage or access to our lounges in Adelaide and Cairns.”