Australians eager to snag a cheap holiday should have their wallets ready because the first round of 800,000 half-price flights are dropping at midnight.
The federal government’s $1.2 billion initiative was revealed earlier in the month and aims to rejuvenate the nation’s crippled aviation sector.
A round of cheap fares, about 46,000 tickets, will be released this week to 13 select tourism destinations.
Scott Morrison earlier described the move as the “ticket to recovery”.
“Our tourism businesses don’t want to rely on government support forever. They want their tourists back,” Mr Morrison said.
Qantas is offering thousands of half-price flights. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Gaye GerardSource:News Corp Australia
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“They don’t want to be living forever on taxpayer assistance. They don’t want to be sitting at home.
“They want to be mobilising tourists to their region. They want to be engaged in what they set their businesses up to do.
“They want to be able to run their businesses again, which is what they love doing more than anything else.”
Here’s everything you need to know about snapping up a cheap fare.
WHERE CAN I GO?
The half-price ticket program will initially operate to 13 key regions including, the Gold Coast, Cairns, the Whitsundays and Mackay region (Proserpine and Hamilton Island), the Sunshine Coast, Lasseter and Alice Springs, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, Broome, Avalon, Merimbula, and Kangaroo Island.
Flight routes and how many tickets are available will be driven by demand and airlines will have the final say.
WHEN AND HOW CAN I BUY A TICKET?
Tickets are available from midnight April 1.
The fares are likely to be released in batches until the end of July unless they sell out before then.
Virgin is one of the airlines taking part. Picture: NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardSource:News Corp Australia
To book a flight, people simply have to log on to major airline websites.
WHICH AIRLINES ARE TAKING PART?
Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin are the key airlines. But regional airline Rex will also offer half-price tickets on some routes, but they must have been running the route for at least two years.
On Wednesday Virgin revealed it will offer 260,000 half-price economy seats across 25 destinations.
WHEN CAN I TRAVEL?
The travel period for these fares will begin on May 1 and carry through to September 30.
DISCOUNTED FLIGHT ROUTES
The government warns these may change depending on airline negotiations and demand.
Adelaide – Gold Coast
Melbourne – Gold Coast
Sydney – Gold Coast
Canberra – Gold Coast
Avalon – Gold Coast
Tropical North Queensland
Melbourne – Cairns
Sydney – Cairns
Darwin – Cairns
Whitsundays and Mackay region
Sydney – Proserpine
Sydney – Hamilton Island
Sunshine Coast (Queensland)
Sydney – Maroochydore
Melbourne – Maroochydore
Adelaide – Maroochydore
Lasseter and Alice Springs
Adelaide – Alice Springs
Sydney – Uluru
Brisbane – Alice Springs
Melbourne – Alice Springs
Perth – Alice Springs
Sydney – Alice Springs
Brisbane – Uluru
Melbourne – Uluru
Launceston, Devonport and Burnie
Melbourne – Launceston
Sydney – Launceston
Brisbane – Launceston
Melbourne – Devonport
Melbourne – Burnie
Darwin – Broome
Sydney – Broome
Melbourne – Broome
Gold Coast – Avalon
Sydney – Avalon
Merimbula (New South Wales)
Melbourne – Merimbula
Kangaroo Island (South Australia)
Adelaide – Kingscote.
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