Qantas Makes First Flight From ADL-Kangaroo Island

Big tourism boost for the region

Qantas Makes First Flight From ADL-Kangaroo Island

Another tourism boost for South Australia today as Qantas makes its first flight from Adelaide to Kingscote.

The flying kangaroo will operate three to five flights each week, in addition to existing REX flights and SeaLink ferry services.

Later this month there will also be three flights per week from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island over the summer holiday season.

The State and Federal Government jointly invested $18 million to upgrade the Kingscote KI Airport.

The new runway will be complete for the inaugural Melbourne flights on December 17 and the new terminal open in April 2018.

In 2016/17 there was 141,000 visitors to KI - 100,000 domestic and 41,000 international.

Premier Jay Weatherill says "Kangaroo Island is already one of our State's most popular tourism destinations, and now thanks to Qantas even more people will be able to enjoy the island's premium food and wine, meet the local wildlife and explore the spectacular natural wonders".

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell says "South Australia's visitor economy will be boosted from its record $6.3 billion dollars".