Qantas will begin flights between Orange and Sydney, bringing much-needed competition to the skies of Central West NSW. From 1 May, QantasLink will fly 11 return flights between Orange and Sydney on a mix of Q300 and Q200 aircraft adding more than 45,000 seats on the route each year.
Orange residents and visitors will benefit from competitive fares and more flight options as well as the onward connectivity through Qantas’ domestic and international network and partner airlines like Emirates and American Airlines.
QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the national carrier was proud to offer more travel choices to the Central West.
“After years of locals calling for the flying kangaroo, the iconic red tail will touch down at Orange Airport for the first time in May. Orange is a thriving place with an increasingly diverse economy. There’s growing demand for a premium airline to connect business and leisure travellers. These additional flights will make it easier for Sydney residents and domestic and international tourists to discover one of NSW’s most beautiful regions, with its world-class restaurants and wineries. As part of our commitment to the route we will also promote Orange on a global stage, across Qantas’ domestic and international markets and to the airline’s 13 million frequent flyers,” Mr Gissing said.
To celebrate the new route, Qantas is offering special fares of $129 on the 50 minute flight between Orange and Sydney, for travel between 1 May 2020 and 25 October 2020. Fares are available to book through qantas.com or local travel agents until 17 February 2020. Orange residents can join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free until 28 February 2020 via qantas.com/orangefreejoin.
Orange is Qantas’ 13th destination in NSW after Sydney, Albury, Armidale, Ballina (Byron Bay), Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Lord Howe Island, Moree, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.
Last year the Qantas Group contributed $1.6 billion to regional Australia and generated over 5,000 local jobs.