For the first time in 15 years, Qantas will introduce daily services between Sydney and Byron Bay (Ballina) airport, opening up what should be an enormously popular route as interstate travel ramps up.
The popular coastal town isn’t the only destination to see a new route open up though, with Qantas also adding its first ever flights between Sydney and the wine-and-produce mecca of Orange.
Both routes were originally scheduled to kick off at the start of this year, but, you know.
The Sydney service to Byron have already begun, serviced by QantasLink’s Q400 aircraft with daily return flights, adding to QantasGroup’s capacity to the popular destination alongside Jetstar’s already existing flights from Melbourne and Sydney.
The flight between Sydney and Orange will be serviced by QantasLink’s Q200 aircraft and operate on a three-times-weekly return basis. Plans are in place to increase frequency later this year.
“While our business has been challenged like never before by COVID-19, the launch of these flights is another step towards a recovery and getting more of our people back flying again,” offered QantasLink CEO John Gissing. “These additional flights are coming at the right time for families who’ve spent much of the recent months confined to their homes and are looking forward to getting out and exploring their own State”
Note that Qantas now have greater flexibility for customers when they book, with the ability to change the date of their flight once without needing to fork out a change fee. Customers will have to cover any fare increase, if needed, for the new booking.