Half-price flights in $1.2b tourism rescue.
Half-price return flights to more than a dozen regional tourism destinations will be offered across Australia to save two ailing industries.
The Morrison government will on Thursday unveil its $1.2 billion tourism and aviation rescue package designed to ease the pain when JobKeeper wage subsidies end this month.
An estimated 800,000 government-subsidised tickets will be offered over the scheme's duration which includes the Easter and winter school holidays.
Airline tickets will be sold at half price to 800,000 travellers in a federal bid to help the tourism industry survive the pandemic by encouraging more Australians to book flights. https://t.co/8JuUfEhDGX— The Sydney Morning Herald (@smh) March 10, 2021
Return flights to eligible locations will receive a 50 per cent discount between April 1 and July 31.
Initially, the government has listed Gold Coast, Cairns, the Whitsundays and Mackay region including Proserpine and Hamilton Island and the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Lasseter and Alice Springs in the NT, the Tasmanian towns of Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, Broome in WA, Avalon near Melbourne, Merimbula in NSW and SA's Kangaroo Island are also included.
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