Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia will today begin operating a minimal domestic schedule subsidised by the federal government.

While travel restrictions mean most passenger flights are not commercially viable at the moment, there remains a need for some essential travel – particularly given the distances between most Australian cities.

These flights will also provide critical freight capacity, which has fallen significantly as commercial air networks have shrunk. Much of the bellyspace on these flights will be used for mail and other urgent shipments, including medical equipment.

While the risk of contracting Coronavirus on board an aircraft is regarded as low, social distancing has been put in place across all flights. Similarly, on-board service will be a scaled back version of what would normally apply.

Customers are reminded that various quarantine restrictions apply across states and territories.

Here’s the list of routes the airlines will fly. Be aware that many routes will not operate daily and may only have one or two return services per week.

Qantas and Jetstar

Qantas and Jetstar will operate 164 flights per week to all capital cities and 36 regional destinations. The temporary regional network focuses on towns that are more than two hours’ drive from key transport hubs.

The capital city routes will be:

  • Adelaide – Melbourne
  • Adelaide – Sydney
  • Brisbane – Melbourne
  • Brisbane – Sydney
  • Canberra – Melbourne
  • Canberra – Sydney
  • Melbourne – Hobart
  • Melbourne – Perth
  • Melbourne – Sydney
  • Perth – Sydney

The regional network will comprise:

  • Melbourne – Mildura
  • Melbourne – Launceston
  • Albury – Sydney
  • Armidale – Sydney
  • Ballina – Sydney
  • Coffs Harbour – Sydney
  • Dubbo – Sydney
  • Lord Howe Island – Sydney
  • Tamworth – Sydney
  • Wagga Wagga – Sydney
  • Adelaide – Kangaroo Island
  • Adelaide – Port Lincoln
  • Adelaide – Whyalla
  • Alice Springs – Darwin
  • Alice Springs – Sydney
  • Brisbane – Darwin
  • Newman – Perth
  • Broome – Perth
  • Geraldton – Perth
  • Kalgoorlie – Perth
  • Learmonth – Perth
  • Port Hedland – Perth
  • Karratha – Perth
  • Brisbane – Cairns
  • Brisbane – Emerald
  • Brisbane – Gladstone
  • Brisbane – Mt Isa
  • Brisbane – Longreach
  • Brisbane – Mackay
  • Brisbane – Moranbah
  • Brisbane – Roma
  • Brisbane – Rockhampton
  • Brisbane – Townsville
  • Cloncurry – Mt Isa
  • Cloncurry – Townsville
  • Cairns – Horne Island
  • Cairns – Townsville
  • Cairns – Weipa
  • Charleville – Roma
  • Mackay – Rockhampton
  • Mackay – Townsville
  • Townsville – Rockhampton

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia will operate 64 return services each week between the following destinations.

Melbourne:

  • Melbourne / Adelaide
  • Melbourne / Brisbane
  • Melbourne / Canberra
  • Melbourne / Perth
  • Melbourne / Sydney

Brisbane:

  • Brisbane / Melbourne
  • Brisbane / Sydney
  • Brisbane / Cairns
  • Brisbane / Mackay
  • Brisbane / Rockhampton
  • Brisbane / Townsville

Sydney:

  • Sydney / Melbourne
  • Sydney / Brisbane
  • Sydney / Gold Coast

Canberra:

  • Canberra / Melbourne

Adelaide:

  • Adelaide / Melbourne

Perth

  • Perth / Melbourne
  • Perth / Broome
  • Perth / Port Hedland
  • Perth / Newman
  • Perth / Karratha
  • Perth / Kununurra
  • Perth / Kalgoorlie

Flights are now on sale on the airlines’ respective websites.

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