Qan­tas turns to Or­ange

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QAN­TAS Group has pro­claimed The Fly­ing Kan­ga­roo will ar­rive in Or­ange, with the air­line this morn­ing an­nounc­ing new ser­vices to the town be­gin­ning 01 May.

The new route, to be served by Qan­tasLink 11 times weekly, has launched with spe­cial fares of $129 for travel un­til 25 Oct, and will also see Or­ange res­i­dents able to ac­cess free mem­ber­ship to Qan­tas’ Fre­quent Flyer pro­gram un­til 28 Feb.

The flag-car­rier an­nounced it was bring­ing “much-needed com­pe­ti­tion to the skies of Cen­tral West NSW,” just over a week af­ter ru­ral air­line Re­gional Ex­press (Rex) ex­ited Bal­lina and Kan­ga­roo Is­land, ac­cus­ing QF of de­plet­ing its abil­ity to of­fer a sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive for re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

“Or­ange res­i­dents and vis­i­tors will ben­e­fit from com­pet­i­tive fares and more flight op­tions as well as the on­ward con­nec­tiv­ity through Qan­tas’ do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional net­work and part­ner air­lines like Emi­rates and Amer­i­can Air­lines,” Qan­tas said.

Qan­tasLink CEO John Giss­ing hailed the many ben­e­fits of its pres­ence in the re­gion, say­ing “as part of our com­mit­ment to the route we will also pro­mote Or­ange on a global stage, across Qan­tas’ do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets and to the air­line’s 13 mil­lion fre­quent fly­ers.

“These ad­di­tional flights will make it eas­ier for Syd­ney res­i­dents and do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional tourists to dis­cover one of NSW’s most beau­ti­ful re­gions, with its world-class restau­rants and winer­ies.”

Or­ange Mayor Reg Kidd also wel­comed the an­nounce­ment, say­ing, “Or­ange’s pas­sen­ger num­bers have been grow­ing steadily in re­cent years as the re­gional econ­omy has ex­panded, us­ing the air­port as a key con­nec­tion”.

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