Whitsunday tourism to benefit from increased flights

DIRECT flights between Sydney and the Whitsundays will resume on Saturday months after the coronavirus pandemic forced their cancellation. Up to 5000 visitors a week are now expected to fly into the Whitsundays, with return flights also operating from Brisbane.

Jetstar will resume flying three return flights from Sydney to the Whitsundays from July 11.

Cairns is also expecting an influx of southern visitors with the first flight from Sydney in 15 weeks touching down today.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said tourism was vital to the region’s economic recovery and Whitsunday Regional Airport had been aggressive in their bid to secure flights.

“After being forced to shut down during the Covid-19 pandemic the airport is quickly regaining flights to open up our region for visitors,” Cr Willcox said.

“Our airport team have been proactive in positioning WCA at the front of the airline queue for resuming flights.”

Cr Willcox said opportunities for new route growth were also on the table and he expected some announcements would be made within weeks.

“It is so important for our tourism stakeholders and businesses that the Whitsunday Coast Airport plays a leading role in kick-starting our region’s economic recovery,” he said.

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