Qantas has launched its discounted fares scheme for some residents of North West Queensland.
As Tuesday, November 14 eligible residents of Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Boulia and McKinlay Shire can access discounts of up to 30 per cent off the Qantas-controlled component of return fares for personal travel from Mount Isa and Cloncurry airports to Brisbane and Townsville but the discounts exclude airport charges, security fees and GST.
The scheme was announced in September in response to heavy criticism from residents about the cost of air travel.
Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David said the discounted fares scheme was now open for bookings.
“Residents can access the discounts through local travel agents, or through a dedicated website with an easy booking process which displays the amount saved,” Mr David said.
“The discounts are designed to make return flights to Brisbane and Townsville, particularly for last minute trips, more affordable for residents.”
Qantas said the discounted fares scheme would run as a 12 month trial, while they review the uptake and revenue impact.
Residents can book fares through their local travel agent, or via Qantas’ new dedicated booking site at qantas.com/residentfares.
To access the discounted fares, eligible residents need to be members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program
Signing up to the Frequent Flyer program will automatically link resident bookings to their residential address.
Qantas is waiving the regular Qantas Frequent Flyer join fee of $89.50 and residents can sign up at www.qantas.com/freejoin
Discounted fares will be limited to four return flights per year per resident, and available on all economy fare classes except for sale fares, for purchase up to and including the day of travel.
Qantas said it was in discussions with regional airports and Councils about reducing their airport charges to enable further savings to be passed on to residents.
It said Mount Isa Airport will be offering a variable discount on airport charges depending on fare class, and other Airports have been invited to follow.
Virgin Airlines have no plans to follow Qantas’s lead on residents fares.