Qantas looks at new direct service between Sydney and Kangaroo Island

Qantas is eyeing a new direct Sydney to Kangaroo Island (KI) route following the success of the direct service between Adelaide and the popular summer destination.

Speaking to The Advertiser, chief executive Alan Joyce said the support for the Adelaide/KI direct service “led to us reviewing more options on that route”.

“It is early days, but the review is focused on expanding our services into KI,” he said.

Qantas currently runs a direct flight between Adelaide and KI three to four days a week throughout the year, and a once a week service from Melbourne over summer.

Regional airline Rex runs flights every day throughout the year.

KI Council Mayor Michael Pengilly they will work with Qantas to make the new route happen.

“If this was to transpire, it could boost the desire for more investment on accommodation on KI and that would be a good thing,” he told the Advertiser.

South Australian Tourism Commission CEO Rodney Harrex said the new service would be a “great coup”.

“It would create connectivity with interstate and international visitors, which is critical for tourism growth in Kangaroo Island,” he said.

“Seeing additional services from other states will further benefit the South Australian visitor economy.”