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Breaking: You’ll be able to fly Canberra to Byron Bay direct from July

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Dig out that sunscreen and swimmers, Canberra—you’re going on holiday.

Today, Canberra Airport announced that from 3 July, there will be direct flights between Canberra and Northern NSW.

Canberra Airport has teamed up with Ballina Byron Gateway Airport and Fly Pelican to offer the flights, with fares starting from $299 one way.

As the name might suggest, the airport is located between the coastal hotspots of Ballina and Byron Bay, with Tweed Heads close by.

Sunset at Byron Bay.

For Canberra Airport, it’s a great way to connect Canberrans with an accessible getaway—and vice versa.

“After months of disruption to the aviation and tourism industry, the Canberra to Ballina flight link will bring a much-needed boost to the local economies of both our regions,” says Head of Aviation, Michael Thomson,

“We want travellers to know that flying has never been safer and extensive measures have been put in place by Canberra Airport, Ballina Byron Gateway Airport and Fly Pelican to accommodate this.”

While Michael says that the Airport is not yet at full capacity, there are still 90 weekly flights linking Canberra to destinations like Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney and Brisbane.

Tacos at The Balcony, Byron Bay.

And while many chilly Canberrans will be applauding the direct link to sunny beaches and warmer weather, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says he’s excited for the tourism boost the flights will bring to Canberra.

“These flights will provide a great opportunity to bring visitors to Canberra who may not have seen how much the city has changed and grown in the last decade,” he said.

Flights start from 3 July.

Feature image: Byron Bay

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