New flight connects Cairns, Whitsundays and Rockhampton
For the first time, travellers can fly between Cairns, Whitsundays and Rockhampton with a new flight taking off today.
Last month, North Queensland airline Skytrans struck a deal to operate return flights to and from the three airports as a way to increase intrastate tourism.
Cairns and the Whitsundays operators, in particular, have taken deep financial hits due to international borders restrictions and lockdowns within Australia.
Cairns Airport chief operating officer Garry Porter says the new flights are deliberately scheduled to begin for school September break, to entice families to the two holiday destinations.
"The introduction of new services like these, offers a much-needed boost to our aviation recovery and will go some way to supporting tourism operators across both regions," Mr Porter says.
A one-way flight from Cairns to Proserpine starts from $275, while a flight from Rockhampton to Proserpine starts from $249, if booking today.
Skytrans chief executive officer Alan Milne says the new services will operate five times per week.
"The big winners will be locals in Cairns, the Whitsunday region and Rockhampton because they will all have additional choice," he says.
"With school holidays just around the corner, we believe this is a great time to be launching this new route."