How good! Lord Howe link secured with QantasLink

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Tourists and residents will continue flying to Lord Howe Island under a new deal struck by QantasLink and Transport for NSW.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced today that the new deal has been signed for four years, and will commence after the existing agreement expires in March 2018.

“Securing ongoing service to this important island community is a great result. The community’s vibrant tourism industry along with its health and education needs rely on regular flights between Sydney and the island,” Mr Constance said.

QantasLink will continue to service the island with its Q200 aircraft with up to 19 return flights from Sydney each week.

“While the Q200s continue to provide a wonderful service, the NSW Government is also committing $450,000 to investigate a runway extension on the Island,” Mr Constance said.

QantasLink CEO John Gissing said QantasLink was pleased to continue its direct flights to Lord Howe Island.

“As the national carrier and the country’s largest regional airline, we are focused on connecting people and places and encouraging travellers to discover the best of Australia,” said Mr Gissing.

“This month marks 70 years since Qantas first flew passengers to Lord Howe Island and we’re committed to continuing to grow business and tourism opportunities for this unique destination on our network.”

Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said the commitment would bolster tourism in the region.

“Other than being the most southern coral reef in the world, Lord Howe Island has a number of unique features that make providing air services challenging,” Mrs Williams said.

“We are conscious of the sensitive and pristine biodiversity. The Lord Howe Island Board will be making recommendations to improve the airstrip and a possible extension, for other aircraft to access the Island.”