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Cheap flights sell fast under $1.2 billion tourism support package

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Over 600,000 half-price flights have been snapped up just three weeks after the Government announced a $1.2 billion tourism support package last month. 

The country’s aviation industry is growing rapidly due to the $3.8 billion of industry support that was invested into the tourism industry since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

The $1.2 billion tourism support package, which included over 800,000 half-price airfares, helped a record number of Australians enjoy a holiday at home this year. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said planes in the air meant jobs on the ground. 

“Australians are taking trips in large numbers with airlines reporting sales dwarfing previous records – our aviation industry is in a remarkable position compared to where it was just one year ago,” Deputy Prime Minister McCormack said. 

“The proof is there in the sky today, as we see Qantas, Virgin, Rex and so many other smaller airlines flying proudly, carrying Australians to their dream holidays. 

Deputy Prime Minister McCormack said the growth isn’t just for the Australians who are on holiday at home, but it is also for jobs in the aviation industry, local small businesses who are now doing a roaring trade and for our tourism operators who have come back to life as a result of the half-price flights. 

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said the Federal Government was making the right investments at the right time to help Australia’s economic recovery. 

“More than 75 per cent of our half-priced tickets have been sold and the rest will go like hot cakes,” Minister Tehan said. 

“My message to Australians is take advantage of this opportunity to book a cheap holiday through your travel agent and when you’re on holiday spend on a tourist activity and a night out to support tourism jobs and business. 

Minister Tehan said the tourism industry is central to the National Economic Recovery Plan. He also said the Government will continue to make the necessary investments to support jobs across Australia. 

As with every measure introduced throughout the pandemic, the Federal Government will continue to review this program, including routes and ticket numbers. 

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