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Monday 15 March 2021

Australia’s national carrier Qantas will connect Newcastle to Melbourne for the first time in more than a decade, when a Boeing 717 jet takes off from Newcastle Airport at 7am this morning.

Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock says the new service gives Newcastle, the Hunter Region and Central Coast a double daily weekday service to the Victorian capital.

“We’ve seen really strong travel demand from our region since borders reopened,” he said.

“We now have Qantas flying to Melbourne at the start and end of the day. Those times will suit all types of travellers and enable business passengers to do a day’s work in Melbourne and be home in time for dinner.”

“Importantly, this service also enhances the ability to catch connecting flights within the Qantas network, from Melbourne to destinations such as Adelaide, Perth or Darwin and check your bags through to your final destination.”

“Our research and forecasts were telling us that our region was outperforming others across the country, so it’s great to see an airline such as Qantas recognise us in this way.”

QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the new flights were good news for local businesses in Newcastle and the Hunter region.

“We know Australians want to travel so we’ve been looking for opportunities to support new routes where there is demand and help deliver a boost for local businesses,” said Mr Gissing.

“These new services will bring more Victorians to Newcastle as well as the Port Stephens region and the world class Hunter Valley wineries.

“We expect this service will also be popular with our corporate travellers based in Newcastle. Flights are available at peak times in both directions and customers will enjoy the benefits of our premium service, including complimentary food and drinks, baggage and lounge access before they fly out.”

Flight time is around 90mins, with two return flights, morning and evening, scheduled on weekdays, with one return flight on weekends.

Key Facts
Start Date: Monday 15 March
Frequency: 12 return flights per week
Fares: Lead in economy fare from $159 one way or 8,000 Qantas points*
Points: Earn 1200 Qantas points + 20 Status Credits for a Flex Fare
             Earn 800 Qantas points + 10 Status Credits for a Red e-Deal
Bookings: qantas.com or through travel agents         
*Plus taxes, fees and carrier charges

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