Selling 800000 airfares at half price to 15 destinations hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic has begun, and airlines have joined the party with great deals and their own deals

Sales come as the tourism industry experiences another tremor of uncertainty with Brisbane on lockdown and a new case of COVID-19 in Byron Bay

Industry insiders said the Brisbane lockdowns had an immediate impact, but bookings for Easter were strong overall

Of the 800000 discounted seats, all of which are in economy class, are 260000 on Virgin flights and more than 500000 are shared between Qantas and Jetstar

The number of discounted seats varies depending on the travel destination Virgin offers 85000 flights to the Gold Coast and 10000 to Cairns

While the tickets at half price until 31 July (for flights from mid-April to 30 Qantas should offer discounted fares to an additional 50 destinations on more than 200 routes last night from midnight onwards. Tickets for flights under this offer (known as “Everywhere Else” sale) are available until September 8th) April available

Andrew David, CEO of Qantas Domestic and International, said it was unfortunate that the Brisbane lockdown affected some Easter plans but it was a “temporary setback”

“Almost every destination Qantas and Jetstar fly to is up for sale, including numerous opportunities to get half-price fares under the government’s tourism stimulus package,” said David

Virgin Australia announced that it will extend the status of its Platinum and Good Velocity members for up to 18 months

CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said half-price airfares would give regions a sense of hope and give thousands of tourism businesses the much-needed boost

“To ensure maximum flexibility under the program, we are also expanding our flexible flight policy for all half-price fare bookings. This is to ensure that everyone can book safely and knows that they can definitely take advantage of these low-cost tickets,” she said

Australian holiday is a dollar that supports a local job and business, “Tehan said

“We want Australians to do their patriotic duty and book a vacation through them this year

Travel agency, and while away to eat at restaurants, go to the pubs and book tours

But critics of the government’s $ 1 billion aviation package, backed by a $ 8 million advertising campaign, said it would do little to help support the Sydney and Melbourne tourism industries

In a joint statement, the Accommodation Association and Tourism Accommodation Australia said that forward contraction rates for properties in Sydney and Melbourne were only 10 percent for the next quarter

“Given that international travel is still a long way off and the business travel market is still marginal, this is unlikely to improve anytime soon,” the organizations warned

The goals included in the half price program hope it will have a significant impact after 12 months of horror

“We’re still hoping for a strong Easter and April school break, with flights to the Gold Coast continuing to grow despite the Brisbane lockdown,” Patricia O’Callaghan, CEO of Destination Gold Coast, told News Corp.

“We are confident that the federal government’s flight package program will be popular with Aussies looking to enjoy a well-deserved vacation in the country’s most desirable travel destination

“The Gold Coast is open to business and we know these cheap flights will be a catalyst for more hotel bookings today” ”

Terms and Conditions apply to all flights For more information, please visit the Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia websites

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