Qantas to boost flights and restarts routes in Queensland

Latest News|Published 25 November 2021

Queenslanders are set to enjoy stronger regional and domestic travel connections as Qantas boosts flights across its Queensland network as the return of interstate travel approaches. 

Interstate Travel

From 14 February 2022, Qantas will resume Sydney-Toowoomba (Wellcamp Airport) services with 12 return flights each week operated by its Q400 aircraft. The new business-friendly schedule offers double daily weekday flights and daily weekend flights, with more than 1700 seats to and from Toowoomba each week. 

Qantas has also committed to extending its Brisbane-Cooma services for the 2022 snow season, starting 1 July, with two weekly return flights catering to either a weekend or five-day snow holiday. The New South Wales lockdown meant that the service was only able to operate for three weeks this year.

The airline’s year-round Brisbane to Albury route, which customers can use to access snow resorts in Victoria, at Falls Creek and Hotham, will continue to increase to daily return flights from 1 January 2022 (from the original three flights per week when the route started in July). 

The flights to Cooma and Albury are the only direct flights from Brisbane to the snowfields. 

More flights to Far North Queensland

Qantas  has added more than 15 return flights per week across three Far North Queensland routes with its Q400 aircraft, improving connections for residents and travellers between the tropical destinations: 

  • Five additional Cairns-Townsville services to a total of 32 return flights per week 
  • Six additional Townsville-Mackay services to a total of 21 return flights per week
  • Four additional Cairns-Horn Island services to a total of 19 return flights per week

Regulated routes

The Queensland Government has awarded Qantas the rights to continue to service the communities of Longreach, Barcaldine and Blackall for the next five years as part of the state’s regulated routes program. 

The airline will work with the Queensland Government to ensure flight schedules meet increased travel demand in winter months and continue to offer discounted fares for residents on all return flights to Brisbane through the resident fare program.