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Qantas to land on Kangaroo Island


Qantas will offer direct flights to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide and Melbourne from December this year, in a major coup for one of South Australia’s premier tourism destinations.

The agreement between Qantas, the State Government, Kangaroo Island Council and Adelaide Airport Limited will see the national carrier offer three flights per week from Adelaide, increasing to five times per week during the peak summer period through to Easter.

There will also be three flights per week from Melbourne during the summer holiday season.

The flights, that will complement existing air services offered by Regional Express and the ferry service run by SeaLink, are possible thanks to the State Government’s $9 million contribution toward the upgrade of the KI Airport at Kingscote that was matched by Federal Government funding.

The main runway is being extended and a new terminal building will be built with the ability to handle security screening. Works are expected to be finished in November.

QantasLink Chief Executive Officer John Gissing said Kangaroo Island has huge potential for growth as a tourism destination and is a fast-growing premium travel market.

“Our flights will make Kangaroo Island more accessible, saving travel time and providing a new opportunity for our 11 million frequent flyers to use their points,” said Mr Gissing.

Kangaroo Island had 138,000 overnight visitors in the past year, injecting more than $119 million into the South Australian economy. About half are from South Australia, 22 per cent are from interstate and 29 per cent are from overseas.

The $5.8 million Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail opened last year and was ranked third on Lonely Planet’s list of top new travel destinations for 2017.

Image Caption: Kangaroo Island’s Remarkable Rocks (image courtesy southaustralia.com).

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