Australian blockades fatigue rewarded with cheap flights
The federal government has promised half-price plane tickets will continue into the summer season, announcing Tuesday that it will extend a plan to support the aviation sector until next February.
In a joint statement, Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan and Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said they wanted Australians to enjoy cheap travel as they regained “the freedoms they know and love”.
“Half-price plane tickets make Australians even more keen to take flight and enjoy a well-deserved break on this holiday,” Joyce said.
“This will continue to boost our aviation and tourism sectors, protect the jobs and livelihoods these industries support, and help restart our economy on the other side of the pandemic.”
the support for the aeronautical tourism network The initiative will be extended until February 28, 2022 with the aim of boosting domestic travel to major tourist regions during Australia’s summer vacation.
It was launched in March this year, offering 800,000 half-price airline tickets to 15 identified tourist regions.
“In line with the national plan, the government expects states and territories to reduce barriers to travel as vaccination rates rise, paving the way for more Australians to travel within the country,” Joyce said.
Tehan said the funding program was aimed at encouraging Australians to support local jobs and businesses in the tourism sector. The summer vacation was the perfect time of year to target, especially given the high national vaccination rates, he added.
“The best thing we can do for the tourism industry is to keep tourists coming back on trips, spend the money and enjoy all the amazing vacation destinations Australia has to offer,” he said. -he declares.
According to the ministers, Border closures and health measures introduced to respond to the pandemic have had a significant impact on the aviation industry over the past 18 months.
Mandarin previously reported on a series of federal measures worth $ 183.65 million, including a new discount for international airports, to help protect the aviation industry from the economic impact of COVID-19. The government has provided more than $ 5.3 billion to help the industry since the start of the pandemic.
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