Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin have offered some half-price flights from 1 April, as part of the Australian government 128 million AUD package to assist tourism businesses.
Subsidized fares are available for travel dates from mid-April to the end of September this year.
Qantas and Jetstar will offer half-price flights to 15 destinations and Virgin Australia provides 260,000 half-priced economy tickets amounting to 25 destinations.
The subsidized flights focus on tourism regions that are hit hardest by the international border closures including include Cairns, Townsville, Whitsunday Coast/ Hamilton Island, Sunshine Coast, Darwin, Alice Springs, Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Broome, Avalon, Merimbula, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, and the Gold Coast.
Qantas Group said that half-price tickets will be on sale until the end of July unless sold out earlier. The airline also offers additional sale fares to routes that are not under the Tourism and Aviation Network Support Program. Qantas and Jetstar have launched the “Everywhere Else” sale with discounted fares to more than 50 destinations, covering more than 200 routes, until 8 April for travel until the end of the year.
Andrew David, Qantas Domestic and International CEO, said: “While the Brisbane lockdown has unfortunately impacted some Easter holiday plans, we know this is a temporary setback and the vaccine rollout will help make border restrictions a thing of the past.”
“With this sale, now is a great time to book your holidays and weekends away for the rest of the year.”
Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said: “While there are short-term constraints around traveling to some destinations at the moment, the good news is that our half-price tickets can be used for travel up to the end of September.”
“To ensure maximum flexibility under the program, we’re also extending our flexible flying policy for all half-priced fare bookings. This is designed to ensure everyone can book with confidence knowing they’ll definitely be able to make use of these great value tickets.”