On Tuesday 15 February Strategic Airlines, Australia’s newest full service airline, has announced Gladstone as its latest destination, with plans for 20 jet flights weekly between Gladstone and Brisbane commencing from Monday 18 April 2011.
Fares for the new flights went on sale from today starting from $59 one-way, with Business Class seats from $399, one-way inclusive of taxes.
Strategic Airlines will introduce two daily return flights Monday to Friday linking Gladstone and Brisbane with flights operated by an Airbus A320 jet aircraft. The aircraft will feature 8 business class seats and 144 economy seats.
Brisbane-Gladstone flights will depart Brisbane Airport from Monday to Friday at 6.10am and 2.45pm arriving in Gladstone at 7.15am and 3.50pm.
Gladstone to Brisbane flights will depart Gladstone Airport at 8.25am and 4.35pm arriving in Brisbane 9.30am and 5.40pm respectively.
In-flight services will include complimentary meals and refreshments for all passengers.
Of this attempt to break the QantasLink monopoly on the Brisbane to Gladstone run, Strategic Airlines said that is was pleased to not only offer the people of Gladstone a jet service, but to also offer a greater availability of seats, affordable fares and competition to the Gladstone market.
Strategic Airlines is also impressed with the development of the Gladstone area and the future growth projections expected. Following discussions and consultation with the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited, Gladstone Regional Council, local businesses, tourism and the mining industry it was Strategic Airlines' obvious next new destination.
Strategic Airlines' Airbus A320-200 VH-YQB flew a promotional flight into Gladstone from Brisbane Tuesday afternoon and is pictured below receiving the traditional welcome from the Gladstone Airport firefighters.
Bookings for this new service are available through the Strategic Airlines website or through participating travel agents.