Alliance Airlines plans Canberra-Sunshine Coast-Cairns flights

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Alliance Airlines will add Canberra to its network from October with the launch of flights from the national capital to the Sunshine Coast and onwards to Cairns.

It’s the first time Alliance Airlines will offer regular passenger flights to Canberra, with the first service departing on 23 October 2020 to Maroochydore Airport and beyond to Cairns.

Flights will operate twice per week in each direction, and the airline claims it’s the quickest and most direct route for Canberrans heading to Tropical North Queensland, with the same aircraft and the same flight number carrying through from Canberra to Cairns.


Flight numbersQQ2352 (CBR-MCY-CNS), QQ2351 (CNS-MCY-CBR)
Operating daysMondays, Fridays
Distance649 miles / 1,044 km (CBR-MCY)
807 miles / 1,298 km (MCY-CNS)
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time2 hours 5 minutes (CBR-MCY)
2 hours 20 minutes (MCY-CNS)
AircraftFokker 100
Seating capacity100 passengers
Loyalty programNone

“We are so pleased to be partnering with Alliance Airlines who will offer great value fares, provide Canberrans with access to a fantastic holiday destination and people from the Sunshine Coast an opportunity to experience all our region has to offer,” said Canberra Airport’s CEO, Stephen Byron.


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ACT Chief Minister Andrew added that “Canberrans have so far done a great job of responding to COVID-19. I’m glad that common sense has prevailed in allowing Canberrans to holiday and visit friends and family in Queensland,” referring to the recent re-opening of Queensland’s border to the ACT.

At launch, fares between Canberra and the Sunshine Coast start at $129 one-way, rising to $169 as a default base fare.

For the longer journey between Canberra and Cairns, fares instead start at $249 one-way, per passenger, reverting to $275 after the launch sale.

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

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