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Qantas launches first Sydney to Byron Bay flight in 15 years via QantasLink

Qantas has launched a direct flight from Sydney to Byron for the first time in 15 years in time for the school holidays.

Since 2005, the flying kangaroo’s budget subsidiary Jetstar has primarily flown travellers to Ballina near the New South Wales north coast town that is home to Australian movie star Chris Hemsworth and a holiday spot for Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron.

Jetstar has also provided direct flights from Melbourne, but this service is set to have fewer customers as NSW bans visitors who have been to 36 COVID-infected Melbourne suburbs.  

On Wednesday morning, the airline’s regional carrier QantasLink flew direct from Sydney to Byron Bay – the first for Qantas in 15 years.

Qantas has launched a direct flight from Sydney to Byron for the first time in 15 years in time for the school holidays

Qantas has launched a direct flight from Sydney to Byron for the first time in 15 years in time for the school holidays

The launch of the one-hour flight came just days before the start of the New South Wales July school holidays.  

QantasLink chief executive John Gissing said the onset of COVID-19 had delayed the launch, originally scheduled for early 2020.

‘These additional flights are coming at the right time for families who’ve spent much of the recent months confined to their homes and are looking forward to getting out and exploring their own state,’ he said.

‘Byron Bay continues to be an incredibly popular destination for holidaymakers of all types, and was one of the most in demand destinations for Qantas and Jetstar over the past month.’

Airfares aren’t cheap, however, with return flights this weekend costing $499.

Travellers prepared to wait until late July, and flight during the week, can get a flight for $233. 

Since 2005, the flying kangaroo's budget subsidiary Jetstar has flown travellers to Ballina near the New South Wales north coast town that is home to Australian movie star Chris Hemsworth (pictured at Byron Bay) and a holiday spot for Zac Effron

Since 2005, the flying kangaroo’s budget subsidiary Jetstar has flown travellers to Ballina near the New South Wales north coast town that is home to Australian movie star Chris Hemsworth (pictured at Byron Bay) and a holiday spot for Zac Effron

Qantas’s embattled rival Virgin Australia had been offering return economy airfares from Sydney to Ballina from $109 but it has grounded the majority of its domestic flights.

US private equity group Bain Capital takes over today after Virgin Australia Holding’s administrator Deloitte accepted their bid over rival Cyrus Capital Partners.

From July 20, QantasLink is flying direct from Sydney to Orange in the state’s central west.

On Wednesday morning, the airline's regional carrier QantasLink flew direct from Sydney to Byron Bay - the first for Qantas in 15 years

On Wednesday morning, the airline’s regional carrier QantasLink flew direct from Sydney to Byron Bay – the first for Qantas in 15 years

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