Blow for tourism as Jetstar and Qantas downgrade flights out of Cairns

Jetstar and Qantas have announced they will be downgrading their services between Cairns and several domestic destinations during the off-peak season.

From next month, Jetstar will reduce (on average) one return flight per week between Cairns and Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin and Adelaide.

Qantas will use smaller aircraft on some days of the week, going from an Airbus A330 to a smaller B737-800 on Cairns to Sydney and Brisbane routes.

Speaking to the Cairns Post, Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said the news was a “devastating blow” to the region which is already being impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

“It will already exacerbate what is shaping up to be one of the greatest crises that we’ve faced,” he said.

“It demonstrates that we’re facing a long-term challenge here, and a challenge on a scale that we will need to try and attract substantial attention from the state and federal government.”