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Qantas back to Coast brings competitive fares

first_imgFlights to the Gold Coast just became more competitive as Qantas resumes its three times daily services between the Gold Coast and Sydney from late October. A special launch fare of $48 one-way will begin the services aimed at meeting growing demand for premium leisure and business travel in the region. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the airline was focused on delivering the best network, frequency and service throughout the market. “Qantas and all of our people are very excited to return to the Gold Coast and relaunch services between Sydney and the Gold Coast,” Mr Joyce said. The CEO said Qantas was responding to customers demand for a premium leisure and business service, complementing Jetstar’s existing services.“Qantas will be the only domestic airline operating out of the Gold Coast which includes the convenience of a meal and checked in baggage for all passengers as part of the fare no matter what time they are flying or which class they are travelling in,” Mr Joyce announced. The move comes at a time of development of South-east Queensland, making the Gold Coast Australia’s sixth largest city and a fast growing region in the travel market. The Qantas Club will reopen by the end of 2012 after the Gold Coast passenger lounge that is currently being used by Jetstar, undergoes a refurbishment. Qantas passengers will also enjoy a smarter, faster check-in kiosk at the airport. The route will be serviced by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft featuring the new Sky Interior with state-of-the-art, touch screen in-flight entertainment from Panasonic for all passengers, and a seating design styled by Marc Newson. The $48 one-way airfare launch with run for 48 hours, for travel between Sydney and Coolangatta, available from 1500 AEST Monday 13 August until 1500 AEST Wednesday 15 August unless sold out prior. Qantas started in Queensland 92 years ago and according to Mr Joyce, the airline’s connection with the state had never been stronger. The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has welcomed the relaunch of the Gold Coast service for Qantas, saying it will go a long way to meet visitor demand for the route.ATEC managing director, Felicia Mariani said the Gold Coast is an important part of Australia’s international offering.“Providing a Qantas connection for international visitors is a very welcome move in support of the local tourism industry,” Ms Mariani stated.The Managing director also applauded the greater connectivity to come from this Qantas service, expanding the airlines regional capacity to “go a long way to help connect our regional experiences to the international traveller.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

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