QantasLink makes triple play from Canberra, with Cairns, Hobart, Sunshine Coast flights

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QantasLink will launch a trio of routes from Canberra before the year is out, with non-stop flights to Cairns, Hobart and the Sunshine Coast on the horizon.

The Sunshine Coast is first, launching on Thursday 19 November with three return flights per week, followed shortly thereafter by Cairns, beginning on Saturday 21 November, with flights twice weekly.

Direct flights from Canberra to Hobart follow in December, commencing on Friday the 4th with three services a week.

CANBERRA-SUNSHINE COAST

Flight numbersQF1598 (CBR-MCY), QF1599 (MCY-CBR)
Operating daysThursdays, Fridays, Sundays
Distance643 miles / 1,034 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time1 hour 50 minutes (CBR-MCY)
2 hours (MCY-CBR)
AircraftBoeing 717-200 (two class)
Seating capacity110 passengers (98 economy, 12 business class)
Loyalty programQantas Frequent Flyer
Rewards earned (one-way)800 Qantas Points + 10 Status Credits (discount economy)
1,200 Qantas Points + 20 Status Credits (flexible economy)
1,400 Qantas Points + 40 Status Credits (business class)
1,600 Qantas Points + 45 Status Credits (flexible business)
Reward cost (one-way)12,000 Qantas Points + taxes, fees and charges (economy)
27,600 Qantas Points + taxes, fees and charges (business class)
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CANBERRA-CAIRNS

Flight numbersQF1770 (CBR-CNS), QF1771 (CNS-CBR)
Operating daysTuesdays, Saturdays
Distance1,275 miles / 2,052 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time3 hour 15 minutes (CBR-CNS)
3 hours 30 minutes (CNS-CBR)
AircraftBoeing 717-200 (two class)
Rewards earned (one-way)800 Qantas Points + 15 Status Credits (discount economy)
1,200 Qantas Points + 30 Status Credits (flexible economy)
2,100 Qantas Points + 60 Status Credits (business class)
2,350 Qantas Points + 70 Status Credits (flexible business)
Reward cost (one-way)18,000 Qantas Points + taxes, fees and charges (economy)
41,500 Qantas Points + taxes, fees and charges (business class)

Direct flights from Canberra to Hobart follow in December, commencing on Friday the 4th with three services a week.

CANBERRA-HOBART

Flight numbersQF1533 (CBR-HBA), QF1534 (HBA-CBR)
Operating daysMondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Distance529 miles / 851 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time1 hour 40 minutes (CBR-HBA)
1 hour 30 minutes (HBA-CBR)
AircraftBoeing 717-200 (two class)
Rewards earned (one-way)800 Qantas Points + 10 Status Credits (discount economy)
1,200 Qantas Points + 20 Status Credits (flexible economy)
1,400 Qantas Points + 40 Status Credits (business class)
1,600 Qantas Points + 45 Status Credits (flexible business)
Reward cost (one-way)8,000 Qantas Points + taxes, fees and charges (economy)
18,400 Qantas Points + taxes, fees and charges (business class)

“We’ve taken a fresh look at our network, creating new direct services, which were previously only available (on Qantas) by connecting via another city, saving customers up to two hours travel time,” said Andrew David, Qantas Domestic & International CEO.

“With international borders still closed, Australians are more inspired than ever to explore places in their own backyard.”

While the news and added choice may be welcomed by travellers, Alliance Airlines and Link Airways won’t be celebrating.

Link Airways (formerly Fly Corporate) had just debuted what were the only non-stop flights between Cairns and Hobart, and Alliance Airlines had also just begun its Canberra-Sunshine Coast-Cairns route.

Although Qantas’ entry onto these routes brings a new non-stop service between Cairns and Canberra (versus the one-stop on Alliance Airlines via the Sunshine Coast), the others are merely overlaps of routes already offered by Alliance and Link.

Earlier news: Link Airways unleashes direct flights from Canberra to Hobart

Related news: Alliance Airlines’ Cairns-Sunshine Coast-Canberra flights take off

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