2 September 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

Sunshine Coast tourism industry welcomes return of quarantine-free travel with South Australia

Sunshine Coast Airport and the Sunshine Coast tourism industry is welcoming South Australians back with open arms after the recommencement of quarantine-free travel between Queensland and the Festival State.

After the South Australian Government announced the relaxing of restrictions on Tuesday, today marks the first flight into Sunshine Coast Airport in more than two months where travellers can enter Queensland without being subject to restrictions upon returning home.

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The first flight in over two months without restrictions touched down from Adelaide.

Sunshine Coast Airport Head of Corporate Relations, Ayllie White, said the relaxing of restrictions from both states in recent weeks was welcome news for the local tourism industry and business community.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming passengers back from South Australia without having to consider home quarantine, testing or restrictions imposed upon returning from Queensland”.

“It is also great news for Sunshine Coast locals, giving them the chance to visit the Festival State straight from their doorstep.

“With pent up travel demand remaining high, we expect the service will be very popular with local people seeking new horizons such as South Australia’s world-renowned wineries, food experiences and spectacular sceneries”.

Serviced by Jetstar three times a week, the direct flight from Adelaide to Sunshine Coast provides more than 4,400 seats between the two destinations each month.

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Matt Stoeckel said the region’s tourism industry is delighted to welcome South Australian visitors back to the Sunshine Coast.

“We know there is pent-up demand by South Australians to travel again and will look to capitalise on this ahead of the September school holidays period.

“After an incredibly difficult winter for our tourism businesses, this news provides a much-needed boost for the Sunshine Coast tourism industry.”

Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson said “The return of the direct flights from Adelaide to the Sunshine Coast is fantastic and very welcoming news for our tourism industry, and perfect timing for school holidays. We look forward to welcoming our South Australian friends back to the region to enjoy a warm holiday soaking up our beautiful spring days here in Noosa”.

Jetstar still has half-off fares available for this route as part of the Federal Government’s Tourism and Aviation Network Support Program. With fares starting from just $69 one way, travellers can take advantage of these prices available for sale and travel until 30 November unless sold out prior. Bookings can be made here.

As part of the aviation partnership between Visit Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Airport and Tourism Noosa, a marketing campaign targeting South Australians will be launched in coming days. South Australians can expect to see stunning imagery of both the Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions, coupled with tactical messaging across social media.

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Contact: Sunshine Coast Airport Corporate Relations, media@sunshinecoastairport.com.au, 0439 835 301

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