GOLD COAST TO HOBART OPEN FOR XMAS
24 November 2010,
GOLD Coast Airport now has a direct service to every Australian capital following news that Jetstar will commence direct daily services to Hobart from December 22.
Tourism Minister and Member for Southport Peter Lawlor, says the new service - the only direct flights between the two cities - would add more than 1200 weekly seats from Hobart into the Gold Coast.
"This is fantastic news for the Gold Coast just in time to for the Christmas holiday period, and I congratulate Jetstar on its confidence in the region's tourism industry," he says.
"Jetstar is showing real commitment to the Gold Coast after the airline announced it was planning a daily direct service from Perth to the Gold Coast in April 2011 and new Gold Coast-Queenstown flights commencing on 17 December. Jetstar also announced an expanded Gold Coast schedule from Sydney and Melbourne to meet demand over the summer holiday peak between 22 December and 31 January 2011."
Lawlor says Jetstar's new Hobart-Gold Cost service reflected growth in the number of Tasmanians travelling to Queensland.
"Tasmanian visitors to Queensland rose over the year ended June 2010, increasing three percent to 113,000," he says.
"Of these visitors, 38 percent headed to the Gold Coast, signalling that Tasmanians have a love affair with the region."
Hobart International Airport chief executive Officer Brett Reiss, says the number of passengers travelling between Hobart and Gold Coast all year round is significant.
“The addition of a direct daily service between Hobart and Gold Coast will make the journey so much easier for travellers between these destinations,” he says.