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Half-price flights sales bonanza as 600,000 tickets sold in bid to revive tourism

Australians go wild for half-price flights with 600,000 snapped up in a matter of weeks – here’s how you can still grab a bargain holiday

  • More than 600,000 half-price flights were snapped up in just three weeks 
  • Savings were announced as government plan to boost tourism across country
  • Government announced 800,000 half-priced flights to several destinations
  • Tourism industry has lost $90 billion because of the Covid-19 pandemic 

More than 600,000 half-price flights have been snapped up in just three weeks following the federal government’s $1.2billion package to help tourism bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said on Sunday the mass uptake of cheap domestic holiday trips is a big win for the aviation industry, with carriers ‘now doing a roaring trade’.

‘Australians are taking trips in large numbers with airlines reporting sales dwarfing previous records – our aviation industry is in a remarkable position compared to where it was just one year ago,’ Mr McCormack said.

‘The proof is there in the sky today, as we see Qantas, Virgin, Rex and so many other smaller airlines flying proudly, carrying Australians to their dream holidays.’

More than 600,000 half-price flights have been snapped up in just three weeks following the federal government’s $1.2 billion package to help tourism bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic

The government last month announced 800,000 half-priced flights to a number of destinations across the country

The government last month announced 800,000 half-priced flights to a number of destinations across the country

The government last month announced 800,000 half-priced flights to a number of destinations across the country.

It was criticised at the time for choosing the locations of the discounted trips instead of allowing travellers to decide themselves.

Australian Tourism Industry Council spokesman Simon Westaway said the subsidised airfares were a good start, but also just one stepping stone needed to help the sector back onto its feet.

The industry lost about $90billion last year due to the pandemic, with hospitality and accommodation jobs plunging into freefall.

Trade Minister Dan Tehan said on Sunday the government was making the right investments at the right time to help Australia’s economic recovery.

‘More than seventy-five per cent of our half-priced tickets have been sold and the rest will go like hot cakes,’ he said.

‘My message to Australians is take advantage of this opportunity to book a cheap holiday through your travel agent and when you’re on holiday spend on a tourist activity and a night out to support tourism jobs and business.’

Holidaymakers hoping to take advantage of the discounted flights can book the tickets by going onto the Qantas, Jetstar or Virgin websites or through travel agents.

The fares will be for economy travel only. 

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said on Sunday the mass uptake of cheap domestic holiday trips is a big win for the aviation industry, with carriers 'now doing a roaring trade'

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said on Sunday the mass uptake of cheap domestic holiday trips is a big win for the aviation industry, with carriers ‘now doing a roaring trade’

How to get the half price holidays

The federal government launched the massive half-priced flights campaign on April 1.

Holidaymakers can choose between 13 destinations, including the Gold Coast, Cairns, the Whitsundays and Mackay region (including Proserpine and Hamilton Island), the Sunshine Coast, Lasseter and Alice Springs, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, Broome, Avalon, Merimbula, and Kangaroo Island. 

The tickets can be booked for trips booked between April 1 and September 30 with around 46,000 discounted airfares on offer each week. 

Holidaymakers can nab the tickets by going on to Qantas, Jetstar or Virgin websites or through travel agents.

The fares will be for economy travel only.

 

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