Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock has welcomed the news its customers will have access to heavily-discounted airfares to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast as part of the Australian Government’s Tourism Aviation Network Support (TANS) program.
The recently-announced initiative, which starts in the Hunter from today (Thursday 1 April), aims to assist domestic tourism in destinations most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will also support low-cost fares out of Newcastle Airport to both South East Queensland centres, via Jetstar (Gold Coast) and Fly Pelican (Sunshine Coast).
While disappointed the region wasn’t nominated as a selected inbound destination, Dr Cock said cheap holiday fares was a good outcome for locals.
“We fundamentally believe the people of the Hunter deserve access to the same low-cost travel that their capital city counterparts enjoy, so we see this as a great result,” he admitted.
“Along with our airline partners, we have lobbied the government strongly to expand the number of supported routes.
“So, we are relieved to see two of our destinations on the confirmed list.
“Our research tells us that our region loves to fly.
“It’s great to see that being rewarded with support from the federal government.
“Pleasingly, over the past few months we’ve seen several new routes opening up out of Newcastle, including the Sunshine Coast, which is being serviced by FlyPelican.
“We remain hopeful that with strong ongoing demand coming from our region, we’ll see more opportunities present themselves in the near future.”
Sale fares went on sale from 12.01am Thursday 1 April for travel to 30 September.
Those interested should access the relevant airline websites – Jetstar and Fly Pelican – for prices and full flight terms and conditions.