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Qantas expands Melbourne – Sunshine Coast services over summer season

August 22, 2017 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Qantas has delivered an early Christmas gift for Melbourne travellers looking to escape to the Queensland Sunshine Coast over the holiday season by scheduling five return services each week from December 16 until January 28.

The dual-cabin, 110-seat 717 jet will operate services to the Sunshine Coast on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, an increase on the four return flights offered last Christmas season.

QantasLink CEO John Gissing said: “Our direct flights between Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast proved really popular last year, so we’re pleased to offer them again for a second summer with even more services.”

The extra Melbourne services builds on QantasLink’s year-round direct services between Sydney and the Sunshine Coast.

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said the extra flights were the “best early Christmas present” the local tourism industry could have been given.

“Victoria is a key market for us and we are pleased to welcome more visitors; particularly during peak holiday time when people want to relax in a really beautiful environment or attend major events such as the Woodford Folk Festival,” he said.

“Our feedback has been that Melbourne travellers want more than just a beach. They want really engaging experiences like cooking schools, quality food producers and restaurants, trekking in rainforests, kayaking and water sports, spa and health activities, and events. The Sunshine Coast can deliver all of this plus more, just two hours after takeoff from Tullamarine Airport.”

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