Featured image: Touch down in paradise. Photo: via @WhitsundaysQLD/FB
Okay, so the Daydream Island local below is technically a wallaroo (bigger than a wallaby, smaller than a kangaroo) but we couldn’t resist when sharing this travel news. Australia’s own flying kangaroo, Qantas, is returning to the Whitsunday Coast Airport for the first time in two decades!
Daily Qantas flights between The Whitsundays and Brisbane have just been announced —delivering more options for locals looking to holiday at home and interstate travellers seeking a slice of paradise.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said it had been a dream to lure the national carrier back to the Whitsunday Coast Airport (WCA) in Proserpine.
“WCA is stamping itself as one of the fastest growing regional airports in Australia and these new flights will be launched in time for the September school holidays creating an extra 50,000 plus seats annually,” he said.
“The business and tourism sector has done it tough during the Covid-19 pandemic, so it is great to see that our council-owned airport is leading from the front to support our region’s recovery.”
Qantaslink CEO John Gissing said with international borders still largely closed, Qantas is pleased to be making it easier for Australians to experience the world-famous beaches of The Whitsundays Region and access to the Great Barrier Reef.
“Our flights from Brisbane to places such as Cairns and Townsville have been incredibly popular so we expect this new route will appeal to the many Queenslanders looking to holiday in their own state,” said Mr Gissing.
“These new flights also open up The Whitsundays Region to Qantas customers across the country who will be able to seamlessly connect through Brisbane from our extensive domestic network.”
And more visitors will mean a faster recovery for our friends in The Whitsundays travel industry.
Now that’s good news.