Qantas has announced it will more than double flights between Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, following the decision made by Regional Express (Rex) to exit the route.
As of July, QantasLink is set to operate twelve return services per week throughout the year, an increase from its existing schedule of five return flights per week, and three return services during off-peak.
QantasLink CEO John Gissing made the announcement at Adelaide Airport along with South Australian Premier Steven Marshall and Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham.
“Now is the time to be supporting Kangaroo Island, not deserting it,” Gissing says. “What Kangaroo Island needs over the months and years ahead is for tourists to come back and a reliable air service is vital for that to occur. Everyone at Qantas is proud that we are adding more flights and helping Kangaroo Island get back on its feet.”
Flights will be re-timed to facilitate easy connections through Adelaide for domestic and international tourists visiting the island with Qantas and its partner airlines, including Emirates and American Airlines.
According to Gissing, Qantas is working closely with South Australian Tourism Commission to support the #BookThemOut campaign in the hope of boosting tourism on Kangaroo Island.
“We continue to work closely with tourism agencies to get the message out to potential visitors from around Australia and the world that Kangaroo Island remains one of Australia’s most idyllic destinations,” says Gissing.
The flights will go on sale later this month and will be operated by QantasLink’s 50 seat Q-300 aircraft. Sale fares will start as low as $99 one-way.