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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Touch down: Brisbane locals arrive in Newcastle

It’s been a long wait, but Newcastle has welcomed its first visitors from Brisbane this afternoon following the opening of the state border.

A Qantas flight touched down at Newcastle Airport at midday today, providing a special opportunity for family and friends to reunite.

Newcastle Airport Chief Executive Peter Cock said the airport is the largest in the state without COVID-19 travel restrictions, and as a result, airlines are ramping up their offerings as demand quickly builds.

“We know our region loves to fly,” he said.

“Recent polling has told us people from our region were twice as likely to be actively planning their next holiday as the Australian average.

“As Northern NSW’s primary gateway to QLD we are seeing passenger demand driving an increase in flight frequency.

“This also includes many Queenslanders coming to enjoy what our region has to offer and reunite with family and friends.

“We are working closely with all our airline partners to help connect our region with Queensland and ensure we help meet the needs of our community.

“There’s certainly a feeling of enthusiasm in the air as our operation teams, flight and ground crews, security, hospitality and retail staff, prepare to welcome passengers through the terminal.”

Dr Cock also said passengers will be treated to the airport’s $1.5 million terminal upgrade.

“It uses thoughtful design to offer dedicated spaces for our business, solo and family travellers,” he said.

“This will make waiting for flights more comfortable and enjoyable.”

If you’re looking to head north, there’s plenty of options. Below are the most recent offerings.

  • Jetstar is flying between Brisbane and Newcastle daily.
  • Qantas has increased flights between Brisbane and Newcastle to once daily.
  • Jetstar is flying between the Gold Coast and Newcastle from Friday 6 November, four times per week.
  • Virgin Australia is flying between Brisbane and Newcastle 6 days per week, from Monday 9 November.
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