Burnie | Published on 7th May 2021 at 10:01

The Flying Kangaroo will launch direct flights from Burnie to Melbourne for the first time in 15 years to meet growing demand for travel within Australia.

From 21 June 2021, QantasLink will operate seven weekly return flights from Burnie to Melbourne with its 50-seat Q300 turboprop aircraft, adding 700 seats on the route each week.

QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the new route would create stronger connections for Tasmania’s north west coast.

“We’re pleased to be adding Burnie to our map again to help support growing demand and offer travellers and the business community more choice,” said Mr Gissing.

“Tasmania has been popular with our customers since travel restrictions started to ease last year and these new flights will make it easier for travellers to experience the culture, natural beauty and wildlife of Burnie and its surrounds.

“Residents of the north west coast will be able to earn and use Qantas points on direct flights from Burnie to Melbourne and seamlessly connect on to our extensive domestic network.

“We’re promoting these new flights to millions of our frequent flyers across the country and think they’ll enjoy the benefits of our premium service, including complimentary food and drinks, baggage and lounge access before they fly out.”

This announcement follows four other new routes Qantas has launched to Tasmania in recent months in response to demand – Brisbane-Hobart, Sydney-Launceston, Perth-Hobart and Canberra-Hobart.

Qantas is offering special fares for flights on the new route from $125 one-way, available at or through Travel Agents, until 9 May 2021, unless sold out prior.

Qantas’ Fly Flexible policy offers customers who book flights before 31 July 2021 added flexibility with unlimited fee free date changes when travelling before 28 February 2022. (A fare difference may apply).