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Direct flights between Hobart & Canberra


Tasmania will have direct flights to the nation's capital for the first time since 2013. 

Link Airways will run the service between Hobart and Canberra four times a week on its Saab 340B 34-seater propeller plane from December 3rd with prices starting at $219 one way.

It's been announced on the assumption Tasmania's hard border restrictions will be eased by then, which Premier Gutwein has hinted at doing late next month.

The ACT, like the Apple Isle, hasn't had community transmission of coronavirus in months.

“After a very tough period, a new route announcement is a welcome shot in the arm to help Tasmanian tourism operators and business begin the road to recovery,” Hobart Airport Acting CEO Matt Cocker said.

“By cutting the travel time and the need for stopover in Melbourne or Sydney, the new path has the potential to help regrow tourism visitation to both Tasmania and the ACT and allow easier access for business travellers and those visiting friends and relatives."

Flights will depart Canberra at 9.30am and arrive at Hobart at 11.35am, with the return services departing Hobart at 12.05pm and arriving in Canberra at 2.05pm on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

That's planned to grow to eleven return weekly services per week in 2021. 

Link Chief Executive Andrew Major says detailed research had identified a strong demand for the flights and even more could be added if they prove popular.

"Today’s announcement from Link Airways is evidence that there continues to be strong confidence in our visitor economy and demand for travel to Tasmania as a destination when we relax our border restrictions in a safe way," Premier Peter Gutwein said.

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