Qantas resumed Sydney to Gold Coast return flights on Sunday, 28th October 2012, some four years after the airline handed over the route to low-cost sibling Jetstar.
Today, Tuesday 28th October 2014, marks the second Anniversary of those return flights. The first return flights were flown by 737-800 VH-XZA which has (had) the names of Australians emblazoned on its fuselage.
The route consisted then & consists now, of three return daily flights, basically morning, midday & evening. It may be considered ‘just a sector to & from Sydney’ but it has, in my opinion, opened up a whole range of connection advantages from a domestic, regional & international perspective. The International Terminal is a short complimentary bus ride away & regional flights just a walk within the Sydney same T3 terminal. And of course other Qantas mainline flights are right in the terminal as you arrive.
The return inaugural flight, was followed three weeks later, in November 2012, by the opening of the Coolangatta Qantas Club. A welcome addition to the Qantas Club network for members & Qantas Frequent Flyers.
Over the last two years, I have met so many great people via the Coolangatta ‘OOL’ Qantas lounge. Kerri Rowe, moved from Brisbane to Manage the lounge, & was so crucial in both getting the Lounge open & managing its day to day operation. Laura, Bella, Sheena, Mitchell, Margot, Kathy, Robyn…the names of some of people & so many more not mentioned, that make you feel most welcome as you visit the lounge. They have a personable touch & ensure you always feel a valuable customer. The Lounge is a sanctuary. It is not easy looking after the range of issues that occur day to day.
Twelve months ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Lounge on the First Birthday. It was a celebration of the people that had made it happen & featured a red & white day of drinks & cakes. It was a great fun day.
Congratulations as the 2nd Anniversary arrives. Love to see some extensions of the Sydney – Coolangatta sectors with Melbourne direct for instance. But we will see what happens.
Whatever happens in the future, the flights will be very important to me. Whether it is work or play, I know I can directly connect to other cities, regional ports & international destinations; & I am always happy to see my friends in the OOL Lounge.
Congratulations Qantas ….. Happy Coolangatta Birthday !!
(All thoughts, comments & opinions are the author’s own & not authorised by any Third Party)