Tickets sales crash before take-off

Direct flights from Toowoomba to Mebourne and Cairns were supposed to go on sale tomorrow, but will not be available until later in the month.

Direct flights from Toowoomba to Mebourne and Cairns were supposed to go on sale tomorrow, but will not be available until later in the month.

Travelers will have to wait a little longer to purchase direct flights from Wellcamp airport to Melbourne and Cairns, after a computer glitch has affected the ticketing system.

The much anticipated flights were promised to go on sale tomorrow but now will not be available until January 12.

A spokesperson from Wellcamp Airport has revealed that the delay was caused by problems with uploading ticket prices into the Airnorth booking system.

Residents of South West Queensland have been looking forward to the new flights, which will help cut down lengthy travel times for those travelling to places like Melbourne and Cairns.

Wellcamp general manager Phil Gregory says that the flights will allow travelers to arrive in Melbourne or Cairns in the time it would have taken them to drive to Brisbane.

“Time is money for many travelers and with the level of enquiries we have had flooding in we expect tickets to be snapped up quickly for Toowoomba’s first ever regular passenger jet services,” he says.

According to local Mayor and travel agent, Graeme Scheu, the flights are great news for the region thanks to highly competitive ticket prices.

Travelers will pay $179 to Melbourne and $139 to Cairns for a direct one-way flight.

“That’s terrific value isn’t it… it gives people lots of options instead of going to Brisbane,” says Cr Scheu.

“It’s a lot more convenient because you have free parking and everything [at Wellcamp Airport]”.

Cr Scheu says the flights will give locals a chance to get away to places like Melbourne for sporting events, family holidays and business trips.

“Both new routes will mean locals can spend a weekend in either Melbourne or Cairns, which will be of particular interest for those wanting to see some of Australia’s leading sporting events such as the Grand Prix, AFL, Melbourne Cup or Moto GP or enjoy the offerings of stunning North Queensland,” says Mr Gregory.

The delay in ticket availability will not affect flight dates, which will start on March 14, with daily flights to Melbourne and three flights to Cairns each week.

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