Wagga Wagga will have regular airline services flying direct to a third Australian capital city from early next year, Council has announced.
Riverina travellers will have direct flights to Queensland when QantasLink starts flying between Wagga Wagga and Brisbane from 28 March, 2022, City of Wagga Wagga Council said in a statement released today.
The carrier will operate three weekly return services with its 74 seat, Q400 turboprop aircraft. It will be the first regular passenger service to connect Wagga Wagga to Brisbane in almost four years and will give Riverina residents more one-stop connections to destinations across Queensland.
The move means Wagga Wagga will now have airlines operating direct services to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Mayor, Greg Conkey OAM said the announcement of direct return flights from the city to Brisbane would be welcomed by regional communities across the Riverina.
“Our communities got a feel for this route when it operated for a short time out of Wagga Wagga some years ago and it was well utilised for business, health and tourism reasons,” Cr Conkey said.
“Having expanded air services direct to Brisbane is a show of commitment from the industry to Wagga Wagga, as a major regional centre, and I’m sure this route will again prove popular.
“This not only benefits local travellers, but will also encourage more Queensland visitors to the city and the region, making it more accessible because of the direct service.”
QantasLink CEO, John Gissing said the new route would open up more options for Wagga Wagga residents.
“As Australia’s largest regional airline, we know we have an important role to play keeping regions connected and driving tourism,” Mr Gissing said.
“This service will make it easier for Queenslanders to catch up with family and friends and explore the beautiful Riverina region.
“It will also give Wagga residents easy access to some of Queensland’s amazing holiday destinations.”
Council said the flights have been made possible with the support of the Queensland Government, Wagga Wagga Airport, and Brisbane Airport Corporation.