Newcastle Airport has experienced its busiest day of flights since coronavirus hit the country.
It coincides with the opening of the Queensland borders today.
Jetstar flew to both Gold Coast and Brisbane, with Qantas also linking with the Queensland capital.
Virgin will resume regular scheduled flights to Brisbane from tomorrow.
Speaking today, Newcastle Airport Chief Executive, Dr Peter Cock, said early demand for travel north had been strong.
“Whilst a number of these services are scheduled for four or five times a week from Monday, hopes are that all flights will increase to daily soon,” he said.
“This will, of course, depend on demand, but early indications are there is a real appetite for travel to and from our catchment.
“The fact most airlines are also offering sale fares has certainly helped.”
Dr Cock sought to reassure passengers their health and safety was the airport’s number one priority.
“We have implemented multiple initiatives to ensure appropriate health and hygiene standards at the airport,” he said.
“This has resulted in Newcastle Airport being accredited as a COVIDSafe business through the NSW Government safe business scheme.
“We have also implemented the aviation industry protocols endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.
“What’s important for us as an airport is to ensure we are doing the little things that matter to help ensure every passenger feels as safe as possible on their journey.
“That commitment will never change.”
Passengers travelling to Queensland are urged to complete their border declaration prior to boarding.
It can be downloaded here.