Alliance Airlines has announced it will trial a special $99 one-way fare between Bundaberg and Brisbane for travel until 31 March 2020.
The flights, on Alliance Airlines Fokker 70 jet aircraft, are now available for sale with the community uptake to determine Alliance’s continuation of the cheaper fare beyond the three-month trial.
Alliance Airline Chief Executive Officer Lee Schofield said the company was responding to requests for more affordable travel.
“Alliance understands the cost of air travel, particularly the impact it has on residents of regional communities such as Bundaberg,” Mr Schofield said.
“We have received many requests for cheaper airfares and are pleased to trial this community fare for the people of Bundaberg and the surrounding region.
“We are optimistic that this special fare will also increase tourist visitation to the stunning Southern Great Barrier Reef region from South East Queensland.
“The $99 fare and the short flight time on our jet aircraft will further strengthen Bundaberg as an enticing destination for a short break for South East Queensland residents.”
Mayor Jack Dempsey welcomed the trial of Alliance Airlines $99 fares which he said would be appreciated by the community.
“I know this is something our community has been calling for and I urge residents to take advantage of this trial period and demonstrate the demand for affordable flights to and from Bundaberg,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Council talks regularly with Qantas and Alliance about a range of issues and it is pleasing to see requests from our region have been taken on board.”
Tourism portfolio spokesperson Cr Greg Barnes congratulated Alliance Airlines on the initiative.
“We recognise that airfares on regional routes are subject to commercial viability by respective airlines and it’s fantastic to see that Alliance has voluntarily gone over and above that thinking,” Cr Barnes said.
“Especially when families travel to be together at this time of the year.
“Of course, we can’t overlook the importance of affordable flights to the regional tourism industry and especially during the current turtle season when mothers are returning to lay their eggs and hatchlings are starting their long and arduous journey.”
The community fare is now on sale and is subject to availability on selected flights to and from Bundaberg. Bookings for the Alliance Airlines $99 fares can be made online via www.virginaustralia.com or visit your local travel agency.
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