‘Another step towards our recovery’ as Sunshine Coast welcomes return of direct flight from Canberra

Sunshine Coast Airport has welcomed Qantas back for the first time since March as the carrier launched its inaugural service from Canberra.

From today, QantasLink will fly three times a week between the Sunshine Coast and Canberra, with the route set to provide more than 2,600 seats a month.

Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie said the start of the new Canberra service was a sure sign of recovery for the aviation industry.

“A lot has changed since Qantas last touched down at our airport eight months ago with our new runway now open for business, and we’re hopeful this momentum with continue for our airport, our industry and our region,” he said.

QantasLink CEO John Gissing said “there is significant pent up demand” for domestic travel with the international borders still closed.

“The flights are also another step towards our recovery, drive much-needed tourism and get more people back to work,” he said.