You can travel around Australia for half the price.
In a bid to help the tourism industry, the government is offering half-price flights to locations across Australia. As part of a 1.2 billion package, the prices of over 800,000 flights will be slashed to half. Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed the government’s plans earlier in March in a move to help the tourism sector since the Jobkeeper payments ended on March 28. (Featured image: Lochlainn Riordan via Unsplash.)
Certain parts of the tourism and aviation sectors have been hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic and border shutdowns and the move is specifically designed to aid these industries.
From the months of April to July, tickets are being offered for a discount of 50 per cent to and from 13 locations which have been hit hard following the events of last year and rely heavily on tourism. These destinations include the Gold Coast, Alice Springs, Kangaroo Island, the Whitsundays, the Sunshine Coast and Uluru among others.
Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar among other regional carriers will be the main recipients of these discounts. Mr Morrison stated that this is the ticket to recovery. He said, “We have got to get tourists on the ground and that’s what is going to keep people in their jobs,” further adding, “This package will take more tourists to our hotels and cafes, taking tours and exploring our backyard.”
The tickets go on sale on April 1 and the offer runs until the 31st of July so if you, like us, have been dreaming of white sand beaches and clear turquoise water, now would be the right time to start packing and planning.