Price war threatens bid for Canberra’s holiday dollars after lockdown | Canberra Times

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Sales figures for Canberra customers come thick and fast as the holidays approach. From Batemans Bay to Brisbane, traders want the Canberra dollar. Jetstar has just announced that they will start flights to Brisbane from 17 December. Rex resumes flights from Canberra to Melbourne and Canberra to Sydney for $ 69 – and without the usual blockage of booking cheap flights on high-demand days. Batemans Bay has launched a major advertising campaign to persuade Canberrans to go there. The Billboard slogan is: “Welcome Back Canberra, We’ve Missed You”. “Canberrans loves the coast,” said Bateman Bay Business and Tourism Chamber Chairman David Maclachlan. “Many Canberra residents own houses down here. Canberra residents know their importance in supporting parent-parent businesses down here. Tourism is our biggest industry and they understand what we’ve been through down here and what Canberra has been too. through. “We welcome Canberrans back to the coast.” But the south coast competes with the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane. Jetstar’s new flight between Canberra and Brisbane starts a week before Christmas when the Queensland border opens. This is the first time the airline has flown It reckons that the five return flights a week will “give a significant boost to tourism between the two cities” MORE COVID-19 NEWS: The route was to begin in September and then the closures at both ends due to it. sales for seats on the A320, starting at $ 109. Jetstar says it expects to transport hundreds of thousands of people between the two cities a year, as Rex introduced its ultra-low prices to Sydney and Melbourne before the last set of lockdowns Qantas responded by adding new routes between smaller regional airports. Rex, Link, Virgin, Qantas and Jetstar seemed to be in a dogfight – which meant good news for customers. There may well be a resumption of that kind of price war. Qantas also added Byron Bay to its destinations reached directly from Canberra. It said it would offer two flights a week and assess demand. There are already signs that Canberrans is looking further afield as the shutdown slows. Braidwood store owners noticed more busy traffic through the pit-stop town. However, it is not clear how many money consumers are likely to take towards Canberra instead of away from it. Attractions are less open, so it may be too early to talk about advertising campaigns – and the (possible) heat of summer may be the wrong time. The good news is that borders are falling and people are clearly itching to travel. The cloud on the horizon is that international borders are also falling. The demand can be so great that many places get the Canberra dollar – and Canberra gets some of theirs. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, sign up here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:


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