Qantas makes moves on Air New Zealand's territory

Qantas is launching new flights between Australia and Norfolk Island, giving passengers from the mainland a new holiday destination.

For at least three months, the carrier will operate six flights per week to Norfolk Island, plus three flights from Sydney and three from Brisbane.

Qantas has once again moved into Air New Zealand’s territory after successfully rescuing Aussie tourists trapped on the island when Australia suspended its travel ‘bubble’ with New Zealand in February, Travel Weekly reports.

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Previously, Air New Zealand was the only carrier offering services to Norfolk Island.

Qantas will operate to the Australian territory for three months as part of a federal government contract. The contract has potential to extend for the longer term.

“We’ll be promoting these new flights to millions of our frequent flyers across the country, with seamless connections from our large domestic network through Sydney or Brisbane, who will have the opportunity to earn and redeem points on flights to Norfolk Island,” said Qantas domestic and international chief Andrew David.

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“With international borders closed, we know Australians are looking for new holiday experiences and Norfolk Island is a destination that has so much to offer.

“The flights also provide an ongoing service for residents to get to the mainland.”

Fares one way from Sydney start at $412, one way from Brisbane from $390 and one way from Melbourne from $476 – and are now available for sale.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.