RyanairGuru wrote:2h30m drive between Launceston and Hobart there is no reason not to treat the state as one market for a long haul flight.
Obzerva wrote:Tasmanians won’t drive over 2 hours to Hobart for an international flight, when they can just connect through MEL out of LST/DPO/BWT.
Some would, just as some drive would from NTL to SYD, from MCY or OOL to BNE, and from from HLZ to AKL, despite each of these cities having their own airports. Ultimately, the time spent in airports is consistently voted as the most stressful part of a journey - AKL would offer international - international transfers from HBA (within one terminal), as opposed to MEL or SYD, which might be more attractive for Northern Tasmanians. This group might also be attracted to NZ's wider destination offering in the Pacific Islands, potentially cheaper fares to the Americas, unique in-flight product offerings (like the Skycouch), bigger and more comfortable jets for their whole journey (instead of part on a turboprop), as well as the ability to earn and use VA points.
DavidByrne wrote:As an addendum re HBA - I was there last in January and found that accommodation costs were astronomical because of a serious capacity shortfall. Tasmania needs to address that issue if it wants to attract international visitors.
RyanairGuru wrote:Any long haul flight into AYQ is a none starter. The Voyages properties have a year-round occupancy rate of near enough 100%. There is no point flying in more guests when the resort cannot accommodate the numbers visiting already.
First, who said anything about attracting new visitors? There are large existing numbers of visitors that these flights could be used to steal passengers away from, who currently use QF or other established players (read the figures in post 125 - for Tasmania, about 70,000 annually from Asia (for a SIN - HBA flight) and 55,000 annually from New Zealand, the United States and Canada (for an AKL - HBA flight), and for Ayers Rock, about 40,000 annually from Asia (for a SIN - AYQ flight) and 80,000 annually from New Zealand, the United States and Canada (for an AKL - AYQ flight)) . In any event, international visitors to Central Australia grew 4.2% last year, while those to Tasmania grew 13% in the same period, so growth is being facilitated