Posted on: 22 September 2014 by Ross McSweeny
QantasLink has announced its plans to operate four return services (from Friday to Monday) each week between Brisbane and Hamilton Island, beginning on 28 November.
“QantasLink’s commitment to direct flights between Brisbane and Hamilton Island is a major coup for tourism operators and aligns with the Queensland Aviation Blueprint to 2016,”commented Jann Stuckey, Queensland’s tourism minister. “The Newman Government is dedicated to increasing access to Queensland’s key tourism markets which will in turn grow overnight visitor expenditure.”
The direct flights will be operated on a 74 seat Bombardier Q400, which Qantas say is ideally suited for the route. Glenn Bourke, CEO of Hamilton Island, added, “Given the growth and high occupancy levels we’ve experienced on Hamilton Island over the last two years, we’re confident we will be able to provide the load factor to ensure the route is successful and commercially viable for the Qantas Group.”
“We recognise that Hamilton Island is not only a popular Great Barrier Reef holiday destination but also a crucial commuter hub. This additional Qantas service is a positive development for the region and will provide increased flexibility for those travelling from mainland Queensland to the Whitsundays,” concluded Bourke. The Whitsundays are a group of 74 tropical islands.