Tak­ing flight to Ho­bart

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - REX GARD­NER COL­UMN,

TAS­MA­NIAN tourism lead­ers ex­pect more new, di­rect flights into Ho­bart within the next year.

Hopes are high that di­rect flights to and from Ade­laide will start soon.

Ho­bart-Auck­land is also a pos­si­bil­ity, open­ing up the large New Zealand tourist mar­ket.

But the big one will be Ho­bart-Perth.

Perth is fast be­com­ing an in­ter­na­tional avi­a­tion hub, with in­creas­ing traf­fic from Asia and di­rect flights to and from Lon- don due to start next year.

With the Ho­bart In­ter­na­tional Air­port run­way ex­ten­sion due to be com­pleted by March and di­rect flights ex­pected from Asia, par­tic­u­larly the mas­sive Chi­nese tourist mar­ket, it’s a strong po­si­tion for a State Gov­ern­ment head­ing into elec­tion mode.

Ho­bart Air­port is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its busiest year ever with more than 2.4 mil­lion pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling through in the past 12 months.

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