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Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne top list of domestic travel destinations

The Gold Coast tops the list of desired national holiday destinations as Australians continue to book their holidays.

A Jetstar report on Monday found Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast to be the top cities people wanted to visit.

Jetstar’s latest survey showed that 75% of people planning a domestic vacation expected to spend $1,000 or more. For a vacation abroad, 54% said they would budget around $4,000 or more for a week.

The airline has used the data as a primer for a new campaign allowing people to fly a friend to some of the popular holiday destinations for free, including North Queensland, the Gold Coast, the Whitsundays and the capitals of Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart. .

Flight Center subsidiary FCM Consulting also said today that it expects global airline seat capacity to reach 85% of pre-COVID levels by the end of the year, Australian airlines being around 83%.

However, he admitted there were challenges for the sector, including employment constraints and rising costs.

The report from FCM Consulting, which focuses on business travel, showed that prices for outbound travel were skyrocketing. An economy fare between London and Singapore jumped 46% in the second quarter of the year; Sydney to Los Angeles increased by 51% and prices from Auckland to Sydney increased by 42%.

“Despite prices going north, demand for domestic and international travel is soaring,” FCM said.

It said costs for the top 30 corporate routes had increased by 40% or more for economy and 23% for business class compared to 2019.

Room rates had also increased in Europe by US$25 ($36) a night.

Apologies from Qantas

Qantas boss Alan Joyce has apologized for the airline’s poor performance. Photo: Getty

Qantas also apologized for its disastrous string of flight delays, cancellations and lost luggage over the past few months and offered customers a $50 flight discount to redeem themselves.

Chief executive Alan Joyce acknowledged that the national carrier had faced recent “operational challenges” as customers queued for hours at airports across the country.

The airline is rolling out frequent flyer vouchers and perks, including lounge invitations and award seat availability, as additional sweeteners to win back customers.

In a bid to return to pre-pandemic service, Qantas has hired 1,500 additional staff and adjusted flight schedules to ease the travel experience.

In a video and email sent to millions of the company’s frequent flyers, Mr Joyce said the return to the skies had not been smooth.

“Over the past few months, too many of you have experienced flight delays, canceled flights and lost luggage. There are good reasons for this, but when it comes to what you expect from Qantas, this is not enough.

“On behalf of the national carrier, I want to apologize and assure you that we are working hard to get back to our best.”

This article first appeared in In Queensland. Read the original here