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11,000 visit Tasmania since borders open

written by Adam Thorn | November 19, 2020

A Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 Hobart
A Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 arrives at Hobart Airport (Craig Murray)

More than 11,000 visitors have arrived in Tasmania since its border restrictions were dropped, according to official figures.

The news will come as a welcome relief to Hobart Airport, which saw inbound passengers slump to just 780 in April.

Tasmania opened up to NSW on 6 November and to every other state, bar Victoria, on 26 October. It will finally drop those restrictions on 27 November.

Australian Aviation previously reported how Qantas and Jetstar will restart 84 weekly return services between Tasmania and Melbourne when the border opens.

The announcement, which amounts to more than 12,000 weekly seats, will also allow Qantas to reopen its Club Lounge in Hobart and Regional Lounges in Devonport and Launceston from 2 December.

From later this month, Jetstar will resume flights between Melbourne and Launceston with 19 weekly services, and increase frequencies between Melbourne and Hobart with 26 weekly services, up from just five in October.

Qantas, meanwhile, will resume flights on three routes, with 14 weekly services between Melbourne and Launceston, 13 between Melbourne and Hobart, and 12 between Melbourne and Devonport.


It follows Virgin also bringing forward the reintroduction of four-times-weekly services between Melbourne-Hobart and Melbourne-Launceston.

The services will commence on 27 November and move to operate daily from 14 December.

The airline also said it would reintroduce twice weekly services between Brisbane-Launceston from 23 November and increase these up to daily services throughout the peak Christmas and summer holiday period.

Australian Aviation also previously reported how flights between Tasmania and New Zealand would restart in January for the first time since 1996.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the deal that will include 130 direct flights from Hobart each year, with three departing per week in warmer months, and two in winter.

It comes shortly after the government also announced plans to allow the state to introduce hotel quarantine and start accepting Australians stranded abroad.

“This has been an incredibly tough year for Australians, and particularly our tourism and hospitality sectors, but the deal will mean tourists from low-risk areas can come to sample Tasmania’s incredible experiences, sights and produce,” PM Morrison said.

The plan to restart travel between the two countries will reportedly cost the federal government $50 million, while state governments will contribute $10 million for structural upgrades. They will mark the first regular flights since 1996, when Air New Zealand pulled the route due to its viability.

Comment (1)

  • Peter


    Wow Virgin Mark 2 has basically abandoned Tasmanian flying under their new owners….

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