Qantas will more than double its flights between Adelaide and Kangaroo Island following news that Rex will axe its services to the region.
From July, Qantas will operate 12 return services per week, throughout the year. This is an increase from its existing schedule of five return flights per week for the majority of the year, and three return services during off-peak.
“Now is the time to be supporting Kangaroo Island, and what Kangaroo Island needs over the months and years ahead is for tourists to come back and a reliable air service is vital for that to occur,” said QantasLink CEO John Gissing.
“Everyone at Qantas is proud that we are adding more flights and helping Kangaroo Island get back on its feet.”
The flights will be operated by QantasLink’s 50 seat Q-300 aircraft and will be re-timed to enable easy connections through Adelaide for domestic and international tourists visiting the Island with Qantas and its partner airlines, including Emirates and American Airlines.
“Today’s announcement will give the island and the entire SA tourism sector a major boost of confidence and will encourage more people to #BookThemOut,” said Premier Steven Marshall.
South Australia Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex said it was “positive sign for everyone on the island”.
“We have had a long and productive relationship with Qantas for many years, as we have with other carriers, so it is a great outcome that Qantas is coming on board to further boost the island’s recovery process,” Harrex said.