New way to fly to Cairns and the Sunshine Coast direct
Alliance Airlines will begin flying direct to the Sunshine Coast and onward to Cairns from Canberra on October 23, with more destinations added in the future.
"With international visitation halted for the foreseeable future, we must be innovative in opening up direct aviation links with COVID-safe destinations in Australia," ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said.
"More direct flights to COVID-safe destinations will also allow Canberrans to holiday and visit family and friends.
"Alliance Airlines are a well-established regional airline, headquartered in Brisbane. This entry into Canberra is timely, and I think important in the context of competition in the domestic aviation market."
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The new double destination service is the first time Alliance Airlines has offered regular passenger services to Canberra.
Flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays using Alliance's 100-seat Fokker 100 jet.
Alliance Airlines launch fares between Canberra and the Sunshine Coast are on sale now until September 30 and start at $129 one-way including taxes.
Regular fares commence at $169 one-way including taxes.
Fares between Canberra and Cairns are also on sale now until September 30 with a launch fare of $249 one-way including taxes.
Regular fares start at $275 one-way including taxes.
The announcement came as Queensland officially reopened its borders to people flying from the ACT.