25 September 2021

Alliance Airlines’ Cairns-Sunshine Coast-Canberra flights take off

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Alliance Airlines’ flights from Cairns to the Sunshine Coast and onwards to Canberra have now taken off.

As well as being the first-ever scheduled flight linking Maroochydore with the national capital, it’s also the first time Alliance Airlines has offered regular passenger flights to Canberra.

News of the route launch came in September 2020, shortly after Queensland agreed to re-open its state border with the Australian Capital Territory.

Flight numbersQQ2351 (CNS-MCY-CBR), QQ2352 (CBR-MCY-CNS)
Operating daysMondays, Fridays
Distance807 miles / 1,298 km (CNS-MCY)
649 miles / 1,044 km (MCY-CBR)
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time2 hours 20 minutes (CNS-MCY)
2 hours 5 minutes (MCY-CBR)
AircraftFokker 100
Seating capacity100 passengers
Loyalty programNone

“I was delighted to be able to join today’s first ever commercial flight between the Sunshine Coast and Canberra”, said Alliance Airlines CEO Lee Schofield.


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“We look forward to welcoming many residents of Canberra and the surrounding region onto our new services to Queensland, as well as residents of the Sunshine Coast and North Queensland heading to the Nation’s Capital and, once border restrictions ease, to the surrounding regions of NSW,” Schofield added.

To celebrate the route’s launch, Alliance Airlines is running another fare sale, with one-way flights between Canberra and the Sunshine Coast from $149, and one-way fares between Canberra and Cairns from $249.

Both prices are available on selected flights for travel in early 2021, when booked before Monday 26 October 2020, unless sold out prior. Credit card surcharges additional.

All bookings include 20kg of checked baggage and 7kg of cabin baggage.

Earlier news: Alliance Airlines plans Canberra-Sunshine Coast-Cairns flights

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