Michael Pengilly MP, Member for Finniss, is pleased that Qantas Airways have announced they will commence a passenger service to Kangaroo Island Airport.
Mr Pengilly highlighted, “This is fantastic news for Kangaroo Island.
“QANTAS have announced they will commence flights year round from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide return and Kangaroo Island to Melbourne return in December and January (only).
“This will present with some great opportunities for travellers to easily travel to Kangaroo Island direct from Melbourne in the busiest tourist months of the year.
“It will also give locals more accessibility to transport options on and off the Island.
“The Federal Liberal Government, along with the State Government and Kangaroo Island Council have all had a part to play in the redevelopment of the Kangaroo Island Airport.
“QANTAS is a long standing carrier and a reputable company, the opportunities presented with the additional transport carrier will provide exciting times ahead for the island.
“This information is all available on the Qantas website, under Destinations (qantas.com/au/en/destinations/australia/sa/kangaroo-island.html#flights-to), however at this time there are no links available to book future flights.
“While I welcome the proposed QANTAS services, they must be sustainable and we do not want to see them cease after a short period as they did some years ago.
“In addition, if there are incentives being offered to new air carriers from the Island by Kangaroo Island Council, they must also be offered to the current carrier Regional Express Airways, who have provided a long-standing reliable service to the Island.
“Kangaroo Island is an extremely difficult destination as far as profitability goes and it is important that growth in passenger numbers continues or the desired outcome will be difficult to achieve.”
Flights are scheduled to commence December 2017, subject to change and Government and regulatory approval.