Qantas, Jetstar launch flight sale to North QLD in wake of cyclone

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Qantas and Jetstar have launched a special airfare sale to North Queensland destinations to assist the recovery of tourism after ex-tropical Cyclone Jasper hit the region in December 2023.

Qantas said that the sale, which offers fares at up to 50% off, has been launched with the support of the Australian and Queensland Governments, and Tourism and Events Queensland.

The sale includes flights to and from most Australian capital cities for travel from mid-January to the end of March 2024.

Qantas domestic economy sale fares start from AUD 67 ($99) one-way, and Jetstar fares are up to 45% off, with sale fares starting from as little as AUD 79 ($53) one-way.

“Tropical North Queensland communities and businesses have faced incredibly challenging circumstances during this holiday period,” Qantas Chief Customer Officer Catriona Larritt said in a press statement.

“These special airfares will help boost the region’s recovery and rally Australians to visit North Queensland in the coming weeks and months,” Lariat added.

Tourism and Events Queensland Chief Executive Officer Patricia O’Callaghan said: “This is exactly what our operators need up north to get back on their feet and to make up for lost revenue over their peak holiday season.These are really strong price points which will encourage Australians to jump on a plane and take a holiday in Far North Queensland.”

“Whether it be enjoying a tropical oasis relaxing poolside or experiencing a great adventure, from snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, to marveling at ancient rainforest, exploring the local markets and dining at world-class restaurants – Cairns operators are ready to welcome you,” O’Callaghan declared.

Ex-tropical Cyclone Jasper was formed on December 2, 2023 and dissipated on December 18, 2023. On December 12, 2023, Cairns Airport (CNS) was forced to close for a couple of days due to flooding in the area, including airport runways.

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