The state’s Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, said a “fairness issues” drove the government’s decision to U-turn for a short period.
Queensland Airports Chris Mills also said the decision to shut off the state from NSW and ACT led to an immediate reduction in flight schedules.
A statement released to the ASX on Monday morning blamed the poor take-up on tightened border restrictions and the COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne.
Annastacia Palaszczuk has dealt an enormous blow to interstate travel by advising her citizens not to visit NSW – and hinting again she could formally close the border.
The extraordinary developments came after Victoria recorded 191 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, the highest since the pandemic began.
The restrictions, which come into effect on Saturday, include 31 local government areas, and were triggered after two cases were detected in the state.