Qantas will launch a second direct service between Sydney and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in 2019, catering to the route’s growing demand.
The new daily service is scheduled to take off in March 2019 and has been timed to connect the Sunshine Coast to the airline’s international network to Europe, America, Asia and the Pacific out of Sydney.
Sunshine Coast Airport acting CEO Frank Mondello said the new service will expand the choices available for business, leisure and conference travellers.
“It provides the convenience of flying from the Sunshine Coast Airport with access to just about anywhere in the world without having to battle the Bruce Highway,” he said.
A recent report by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics revealed a 12.3 per cent increase in passenger movements at Sunshine Coast Airport for the year to September 2018.
The additional Qantas service comes ahead of the new runway currently under construction at Sunshine Coast Airport, which is due to open in 2020.
“The new runway will be a game-changer for the region and will enable airlines to schedule direct services into Sunshine Coast Airport using larger aircraft from a far wider range of international and domestic ports,” said Mondello.