Qantas launches direct Sydney-Bendigo flights

By David Flynn, December 10 2018

IN BRIEF | Qantas will begin direct flights between Sydney and Bendigo through its regional arm QantasLink, resulting in hours of time saved for business travellers.

Starting March 31 2019, QantasLink will run six flights per week on the Sydney-Bendigo route, switching up to a daily service over the peak summer season from late 2019 to early 2020.

Travellers will make the two-hour journey on a Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 turboprop aircraft, with those 50-seat all-economy aircraft now being upgraded with new leather seat covers, "ergonomic seat cushioning", refreshed interiors and integrated tablet holders for the BYO video set.

Read more: QantasLink upgrades Q200, Q300, Q400 aircraft seating

"Direct flights will offer a more convenient way to do business in Sydney, saving travellers around four hours driving time on a round trip instead of flying via Melbourne," suggested QantasLink CEO John Gissing at today's launch of the route.

Qantas flight QF2197 leaves Sydney at 5.25pm, allowing passengers to put in a full day's work, and reaches Bendigo at 7.25pm.

The northbound QF2196 departs Bendigo at a bright-eyed 6.30am, arriving into Sydney at 8.20am.

QantasLink used Sydney's Terminal 3, affording frequent flyers access to the domestic Qantas Club and Qantas Business lounges, including 'on arrival' access to the business class lounge if they hold Platinum or Platinum One frequent flyer status.

Read more: Five useful Qantas 'lounge hacks' for the savvy traveller

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Tetley

Tetley

10 Dec 2018

Total posts 1

Great news for Bendigo... now QantasLink should feel free to announce a similar service to Mildura. I fly the Sydney-Mildura route around six times per year, and in the past have flown via Melbourne to avoid Rex.. Rex have pulled the plug, so please give it a go Qantas.

Luke49

Luke49

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

17 Aug 2017

Total posts 17

I’m a Bendigo resident this is great news!

Toria

Toria

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Sep 2018

Total posts 9

Will Bendigo be the second site for pilot training?

Austline

Austline

23 Aug 2011

Total posts 57

Fantastic news. I travel to JNB and this means a quick drive to Bendigo instead of having to overnight in Mel. WOW.

Lmc

Lmc

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Nov 2018

Total posts 56

Wow certainly didn’t see this one coming!

Ryan K

Ryan K

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2013

Total posts 303

Great news for Bendigo, I really hope this new service works for that community. On another note, although already serviced by Virgin Australia and Jetstar, I wouldn't be surprised if Qantaslink, with either a Q400 or Boeing 717 open up a Sydney-Launceston route in the near future.

BT74

BT74

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

27 Oct 2017

Total posts 1

Hey Qantaslink - how about reinstating some of the 'suspended' flights to existing Dash 8 regional destinations?? I'm still paying the 'pilot shortage' tax incurred due to the cut of one of the daily afternoon/evening services to DBO!

Cool Cat Phil

Cool Cat Phil

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Dec 2016

Total posts 6

Bendigo has a plethora of tourist attractions for leisure bound passengers worth visiting including:

The Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo Regional Art Gallery, Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo Tramways Depot, Some Great Regional dining options & some spectacular rail trails in easy access of the city centre.

johnnypc67

johnnypc67

28 Nov 2012

Total posts 90

Good news for Bendigo, very fast rail to Melbs will be a while off.

Rufus1

Rufus1

04 Dec 2013

Total posts 122

Wonder how this will go with international connection traffic? Suspect those in the region would far prefer to start their journey with a flight from Bendigo rather than a drive or train/bus via Melbourne.

Joe

Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 387

Great news but 2 hours on a Dash 8 doesn't sound fun at all.

patrickk

patrickk

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 405

Joe QF does Canberra to Brisbane on weekends on a Dash 8 and 2 hours isn't too bad. More leg room than a 737.

Joe

Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 387

And the noise, catering and lack of recline?....pass.

tlukec

tlukec

13 May 2015

Total posts 20

I love the way QantasLink schedule their regional flights to suit pax visiting the city. Early departures and evening returns are perfect.

Red Cee

Red Cee

15 Feb 2018

Total posts 45

Will use this service. I agree with Tori’s, is this to do with second pilot training facility.

GarethMills

GarethMills

17 Dec 2018

Total posts 1

I'm pretty excited about this initiative. Great for Bendigo! The trips North look like they're leaving at 8:55, not 6:20 as reported.

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