International flights back on Canberra Airport schedule in Oct

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Qatar touches down

Coming again: The initial Qatar Airways flight touches down in 2018. Photo: Canberra Airport.

Intercontinental flights will return to the nationwide money with Qatar Airways resuming its Australian services in October.

The once-daily relationship will restart between Doha and Canberra, by using Melbourne, on 1 October.

Flights from Doha will get there in Canberra at 12:50 am every day right after a shorter stopover in Melbourne and depart Canberra for Doha at 2:30 pm by using Melbourne.

Canberra passengers will collect their baggage and apparent customs and immigration in Canberra.

The Canberra link has been restored many thanks to Qatar introducing an further services to its Melbourne program, operated by the Boeing 777-300ER, showcasing its award-profitable QSuite Business enterprise Course.

Appear October the airline will operate a whole of 40 weekly flights to Australia to 6 locations – Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Sydney.

The resumption of services in Oct is well timed as it will give Canberra football followers an effortless flight to attend the 2022 FIFA Earth Cup in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022.

The information comes as Canberra Airport passenger figures bounce back again from the COVID-19 travel limits to in excess of 80 for every cent potential.

Canberra Airport CEO Stephen Byron mentioned Qatar’s return to Canberra would imply extra to travellers than just the every day assistance.

Mr Byron claimed the resumption of every day solutions would give much more than a million people who reside in the Canberra region direct entry to Qatar Airways’ world wide network of more than 150 destinations.

“It also indicates that travellers from all in excess of the globe will have the prospect to come and working experience what Canberra and the bordering region have to present,” he mentioned

“The recommencement of the Qatar Airways support in Oct is an crucial milestone for our company and our city. We are a truly internationally related town as soon as all over again.”

ACT Main Minister Andrew Barr reported the announcement from Qatar was the strongest sign but that the region’s tourism business was bouncing again.

“It’s terrific news for Canberrans wanting to travel abroad, specially to Europe, the United Kingdom and the Center East, and it’s a big increase to our area tourism business,” Mr Barr reported.

He said the ACT Federal government had ongoing to converse with domestic and worldwide airways to recommence flights or to enter the industry as shortly as attainable.

“We have reached a large amount of objectives in our current financial restoration in latest months, with Jetstar commencing pretty well-known providers as effectively as Connection and Rex asserting new routes,” he reported.

Mr Barr stated that in advance of the pandemic the blended attempts of the Canberra Airport Team (CAG) and the federal government had been in total swing to attract more carriers to Canberra.

“International flights suggest much more travellers to our city, which is a earn for nearby organizations who advantage from amplified tourism, and additional airways are a earn for Canberrans who want to travel and corporations that want to export,” he said.

“Qatar’s return is a welcome vote of self esteem in Canberra and the area, an acknowledgement that our sector offers shut to a million outbound travellers,” Mr Barr mentioned.

The government proceeds to lobby for direct flights to New Zealand, and the Qatar go could also spur Singapore Airlines to resume its Canberra company.

Canberra Airport’s Head of Aviation Michael Thomson said it was hoped that Singapore Airlines would be again in Canberra in the upcoming 6 to 12 months. The Airport was looking to build solutions to New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Mr Thomson said Canberra was additional related than ever with 7 airlines serving 13 domestic destinations, including Coff Harbour from 22 September, and from 1 Oct, one intercontinental spot.

“This is more than double what we have been servicing pre-pandemic, and our flight routine carries on to enhance,” he said.

“Travel has under no circumstances been more available, and you can now take pleasure in the airport terminal mask-absolutely free.”

The Airport’s new airline partners are Backlink Airways, REX and Jetstar, even though new destinations are Darwin, Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Hobart.

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