Ade­laide route gets flying start

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT -

THE State Govern­ment is hop­ing di­rect Jet­star flights be­tween Ade­laide and Ho­bart will bring more lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors from South Aus­tralia to Tas­ma­nia.

The first flight landed in Ho­bart last night, and more than 15,000 peo­ple have al­ready pur­chased tick­ets to travel on the di­rect route.

It is the only di­rect flight be­tween the two cap­i­tals and will op­er­ate three times a week.

It can take up to six hours to travel be­tween the two cities on ex­ist­ing ser­vices that tran­sit through Mel­bourne or Syd­ney. The new di­rect ser­vice will cut that travel time to just two hours.

Lib­eral MP Nic Street said about 5 per cent of all in­ter­state vis­i­tors to Tas­ma­nia were from South Aus­tralia.

“The Hodg­man Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to work­ing with Jet­star to help grow this fig­ure,” he said.

“Im­por­tantly, this new link will im­prove ac­cess to Tas­ma­nia for in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, with over­seas vis­i­tors now able to con­nect di­rectly with Tas­ma­nia via Ade­laide.”

Jet­star es­ti­mates up to 55,000 cus­tomers a year will take ad­van­tage of the route.

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