Half price airline ticket deal starts TODAY under $ 1.2 billion tourism package, here’s how to grab a bargain

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Starving Aussies Can Get Unlimited Half Price Airline Tickets From TODAY Under $ 1.2 Billion Tourism Package – Here’s Everything You Need To Know

  • Thousands of Australians will be able to buy half-priced airline tickets from Thursday
  • Comes as part of the federal government’s $ 1.2 billion plan offering cheaper tickets
  • From April 1 to July 31, approximately 46,000 tickets are offered at a discount
  • Destinations include Gold Coast, Whitsundays, Mackay, Launceston, and more

Vacation-starved Australians can get half-price flights going on sale Thursday as part of an unprecedented package to boost the ailing tourism industry.

Interstate tickets to and from 13 vacation hotspots will be subsidized by the federal government through its $ 1.2 billion plan through July 31.

Airlines will ramp up their schedules to cope with the expected increase in demand over the next three months.

The locations offered are the Gold Coast, Cairns, the Whitsundays and Mackay regions (including Proserpine and Hamilton Island), the Sunshine Coast, Lasseter and Alice Springs, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, Broome, Avalon, Merimbula and Kangaroo Island.

The tickets are for trips booked between April 1 and September 30, with approximately 46,000 discounted fares each week.

Australians can get half-price tickets to various holiday destinations in the country from Thursday (photo Elyse Knowles in the Whitsundays)

Australians can get half-price tickets to various holiday destinations in the country from Thursday (photo Elyse Knowles in the Whitsundays)

Vacationers can get the tickets by visiting the Qantas, Jetstar or Virgin websites or through travel agents.

Fares are for economy travel only.

The government initially expected about 800,000 tickets to be purchased at a discount, but there will be no limit to the number of seats passengers can purchase.

The half-priced fares mean that a one-way flight currently going from Sydney to Hamilton Island can cost as little as $ 75.

The same deal from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island in South Australia could be available for $ 130, while a one-way flight from Sydney to Broome can be discounted to $ 396.

The areas concerned were chosen because they depend on tourism for their wealth and mainly on aviation for their visitor numbers.

The scheme is part of a massive bailout package for the tourism industry, employing 611,000 Australians and paralyzed by the Covid-induced international border fence.

But a worrying outbreak of coronavirus cases in Queensland and New South Wales could throw many travel plans out the window.

Brisbane registered two more locally acquired cases on Wednesday, after eight new infections were found on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Annastacia Palasczcuk said the lower cases on Wednesday raised hopes that Brisbane’s three-day lockdown could end on time at 5pm on Thursday, but declined to rule out an extension.

The tickets are for trips booked between April 1 and September 30 with approximately 46,000 discounted fares each week (photo Broome in WA)

The tickets are for trips booked between April 1 and September 30 with approximately 46,000 discounted fares each week (photo Broome in WA)

The tickets are for trips booked between April 1 and September 30 with approximately 46,000 discounted fares each week (photo Broome in WA)

About 46,000 half-priced tickets go on sale every week through July 31 (photo Kangaroo Island SA, a destination included in the package)

About 46,000 half-priced tickets go on sale every week through July 31 (photo Kangaroo Island SA, a destination included in the package)

About 46,000 half-priced tickets go on sale every week through July 31 (photo Kangaroo Island SA, a destination included in the package)

The local cases are linked to a nurse at Princess Alexandra Hospital who visited Byron Bay in northern New South Wales with her sister on the weekend of March 26-28 – with 11 infections now related to that cluster.

A second cluster linked to a separate Princess Alexandra patient who recently returned from Europe has eight cases.

One case was registered in New South Wales on Wednesday, requiring a series of restrictions to be enforced.

Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced the new rules for Byron Bay and the surrounding local government areas of Ballina, Tweed and Lismore, which will take effect Wednesday at 5pm and will continue until midnight on April 5 during the long Easter weekend.

Get-together in homes, including vacation rentals, are limited to a maximum of 30 people in the four northern NSW local government areas.

Indoor public establishments, including catering establishments, should revert to the one person per four square meter rule, while wearing masks in shops, public transport and taxis will be mandatory.

Some of the discounted routes that Aussies can fly on

Far North Queensland

Melbourne – Cairns

Sydney – Cairns

Darwin – Cairns

New South Wales

Melbourne – Merimbula

Gold Coast

Adelaide – Gold Coast

Melbourne – Gold Coast

Sydney – Gold Coast

Canberra – Gold Coast

Avalon – Gold Coast

Tasmania

Melbourne – Launceston

Sydney – Launceston

Brisbane – Launceston

Melbourne – Devonport

Melbourne – Burnie

Western Australia

Darwin – Broome

Sydney – Broome

Melbourne – Broome

Whitsundays and Mackay

Sydney – Proserpine

Sydney – Hamilton Island

Sunshine Coast (Queensland)

Sydney – Maroochydore

Melbourne – Maroochydore

Adelaide – Maroochydore

Alice Springs

Adelaide – Alice Springs

Sydney – Uluru

Brisbane – Alice Springs

Melbourne – Alice Springs

Perth – Alice Springs

Sydney – Alice Springs

Brisbane – Uluru

Melbourne – Uluru

Melbourne (Avalon Airport)

Gold Coast – Avalon

Sydney – Avalon

Kangaroo Island

Adelaide – Kingscote

Flights, routes and total number of tickets are determined by demand and are subject to final discussions with the airlines

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