New direct flights begin between Sunshine Coast and Cairns

Sunshine Coast Airport has welcomed its inaugural Alliance Airlines service from Cairns.

The new three-per-week service provides a key connection between two of Queensland’s high value tourist locations in line with the current push for domestic travel.

Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie said the connection would have long-term benefits for the region.

“It’s anticipated this service will facilitate around 40,000 passengers every year and inject $2.8 million of tourism spend into our region, undoubtedly providing welcome relief for local operators,” said Brodie.

Visit Sunshine Coast Interim CEO Craig Davidson and Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson said the service would provide a well-timed boost for domestic tourism to the Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions.

“The new flights are important for the tourism industry’s path to recovery and will provide an opportunity for more Queenslanders to visit the Sunshine Coast region,” Davidson said.