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February 2021

New flights added to Coffs Harbour route

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Feeling the need for a change of scenery?

From 1st April 2021, you can now fly from Coffs to Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

And you can choose from 3 different airlines.

  • Qantas has added new flight routes for Coffs – direct flights from Melbourne and Brisbane. It’s also increased the size of its daily Sydney service. Read more.
  • Rex has started flying from Coffs to Sydney with 3 flights a day. Read more.
  • Link Airways continues to fly to Brisbane.

Book your flight from the Coffs Coast to various destinations today.



Rex to Launch Direct Flights Between Coffs Harbour and Sydney in Time for Easter

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Rex will commence direct flights between Coffs Harbour and Sydney from 28 March 2021, offering passengers more choice on the region’s busiest air route.

Rex will initially offer 3 daily return services Monday-Friday and 18 return services in total for the week using a SAAB 340 twin-engine turboprop aircraft. This translates to almost 1,300 additional seats a week, or more than 60,000 seats a year into the region.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said this announcement was a significant boost for the region as the Airport worked to rebuild capacity.

“This is another round of fabulous news for our region and another vote of confidence in Coffs Harbour Airport,” Cr Knight said.

“Both Council and Palisade Investment Partners are focused on seeing passenger numbers return to pre COVID-19 levels as soon as possible. I’m delighted to welcome Rex back to the airport with these great new services.”

CEO of the management company that will oversee Coffs Harbour Airport, Andrew Brodie, said his team was delighted to work with Rex and Coffs Harbour City Council to offer passengers more choice and more frequency for travel between Coffs Harbour and Sydney.

“We believe by building more connections and supporting growth, Coffs Harbour Airport will play a critical role in helping the region recover from COVID-19 and reach its potential as a vibrant hub,” Mr Brodie said.

“The Rex services provide more choice and frequency for passengers travelling between Sydney and Coffs, and will provide a boost to the growing business travel market and for those keen to connect with family and friends.

“The extra flights are great news for the local tourism industry too, giving more Sydneysiders the opportunity to explore everything the Coffs Coast region offers.”

Rex’s General Manager Network Strategy, Warrick Lodge, said, “Finally the residents of Coffs Harbour can have access to reliable services at affordable fares.  Rex will be bringing its coveted Community Fare Scheme to the city with a lead-in fare of $119.  Fares are now on sale on our website”

“If our services are well-supported with over 40,000 annual passengers, we will add a fourth daily return on weekdays which will bring significant socio-economic benefits to the region.”

Qantas to launch Coffs direct to Melbourne and Brisbane from 1st April 2021

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February 2021:

Qantas will launch direct flights to Coffs Harbour from Melbourne and Brisbane as well as increase the aircraft size on one of its daily Sydney services from 1 April, just in time for the Easter holidays.

The major capacity boost coincides with the expected start of the lease of Coffs Harbour Airport from Coffs Harbour Council to Palisade Investment Partners.

The services include:

 Up to seven weekly services between Coffs Harbour and Melbourne, operated by a 110 seat Boeing 717;

 Four weekly services between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane, operated by a 74 seat Dash 8 Q400; and

 The larger 110 seat Boeing 717 aircraft being deployed between Coffs Harbour and Sydney at least seven times a week.

The major capacity boost will deliver around 2,600 additional seats for the region every week, or 135,000 seats a year.

QantasLink CEO John Gissing said these new routes would provide Australians with more options to plan their next holiday in their own backyard.

“With international borders closed, we want to make it even easier for travellers to holiday around Australia,” said Mr Gissing.

“The beautiful coastal hub of Coffs Harbour continues to be incredibly popular with travellers, so it makes sense to provide direct connections from other capital cities to make it even more accessible.

“These new flights are good news for local businesses, hospitality and tour operators, helping drive tourism and reviving the industry that has been hurting from COVID-19.”

Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said the Qantas announcement was a great signal for the future of Coffs Harbour Airport.

“This is an incredibly auspicious start to our partnership with Palisade Investment Partners and it’s great to see we’re getting runs on the board so quickly,” Ms Knight said.

“Having regular flights to Melbourne restored and increased services on both the Sydney and Brisbane routes is going to provide a fantastic opportunity to boost tourism and the broader economy of the region.

“It’s fabulous news for the Coffs Harbour community and the entire Coffs Coast.”

CEO of the management company that will oversee Coffs Harbour Airport, Andrew Brodie, said his team was delighted to work with Qantas and Coffs Harbour City Council to secure additional flights in the lead up to the lease of the Airport to Palisade Investment Partners.

“We are passionate about the role Coffs Harbour Airport will play in helping the region reach its potential as a vibrant hub by building connections and supporting growth,” Mr Brodie said.

“Direct services to Melbourne is a massive coup for the Coffs community, with Qantas now giving direct access to three fantastic state capital cities, supporting a growing business travel market and providing important links to family and friends.

“It is also a fantastic opportunity for the local tourism industry to target new and growing markets, with these services set to deliver high value visitors to the Coffs Coast region eager to explore the beautiful beaches, stunning national parks and relaxed coastal towns.”

Qantas is offering a $129 one way launch sale fare to Brisbane and Melbourne, for periods of travel between April and October.

Qantas New Flights Coffs Harbour