11 July 2020

Canberrans escape the cold as Queensland border reopens

| Dominic Giannini
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With a top temperature of 11 degrees forecast this weekend for the ACT, no wonder many are heading north. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

With the official reopening of the Queensland border yesterday, flights to and from Brisbane and Canberra have recommenced, just in time for Canberrans wanting to escape the winter cold.

Four flights headed north from Canberra Airport yesterday for the first day of the border reopening, while a further two flights are scheduled today.

Canberrans travelling up north to either see family and friends for the first time in months or escape the southern winter will have to declare that they have not been in Victoria in the past 14-days days and agree to mandatory testing if they develop symptoms while in Queensland.

A one-way flight direct to Brisbane costs around $260 for a weekday trip, and almost $400 on weekends, according to Skyscanner.

The Queensland border remains shut to Victorians, as do the NSW and ACT borders following wide-spread community transmission in Melbourne.

Early bird arrivals in Queensland yesterday probably didn’t get the welcome they were expecting with the official opening commencing at midday so arrivals on the first flights out of the ACT couldn’t leave Brisbane Airport until noon struck.

The resumption of commercial flights into Queensland comes a week after regional airline FlyPelican started direct flights between Canberra and Ballina to help expand domestic travel options to sought-after destinations including Ballina, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads.

The service started with one flight a day, departing Canberra at 8:50 am and arriving at 11:10 am and the return flight will depart Ballina at noon and arrive in Canberra at 2:20 pm.

Flights will start from $229 one-way, according to Canberra Airport.

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