QantasLink launches flights from Sydney to Byron Bay and Orange

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QantasLink is growing its network in regional New South Wales, with two new routes taking flight this July: Sydney to Byron Bay (Ballina), and Sydney to Orange.

It’s been 15 years since QantasLink last flew between Sydney and Byron Bay, making its return on 1 July 2020, with the airline’s first-ever flight into Orange set for 20 July.

SYDNEY-BYRON BAY

Flight numbersQF2062/2064/2082 (SYD-BNK), QF2063/2065/2083 (BNK-SYD)
Operating daysDaily
Distance378 miles / 608 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time1 hour 20 minutes (SYD-BNK), 1 hour 25 minutes (BNK-SYD)
AircraftBombardier Q400 (Dash 8)
Seating capacity74 passengers
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)
Reward cost (one-way)8,000 Qantas Points + taxes, fees and charges





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SYDNEY-ORANGE (SPRINGHILL AIRPORT)

Flight numbersQF2015 (SYD-OAG), QF2016 (OAG-SYD)
Operating daysFridays, Sundays
Distance126 miles / 202 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time50 minutes (SYD-OAG and OAG-SYD)
AircraftBombardier Q200 (Dash 8)
Seating capacity36 passengers
Rewards earned (one-way)800 Qantas Points + 10 Status Credits (discount economy)
1,200 Qantas Points + 20 Status Credits (flexible economy)
Reward cost (one-way)8,000 Qantas Points + taxes, fees and charges

Flights between Sydney and Byron Bay/Ballina will operate daily using a Q400 aircraft, complementing Jetstar’s existing flights from both Sydney and Melbourne.

Orange flights will instead be served by the smaller Q200 turboprops, beginning at three return flights per week, with a view to increase services later in the year.

“Byron Bay continues to be an incredibly popular destination for holidaymakers of all types, and was one of the most in demand destinations for Qantas and Jetstar over the past month,” said QantasLink CEO John Gissing.

“After years of locals calling for the flying kangaroo to fly to Orange, the iconic red tail will touch down there for the first time in a few weeks. We are bringing much needed competition to the route, which has been a monopoly for many years.”

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