Qantas resumes Gold Coast flights after four years

Qantas is resuming flights to Queensland's Gold Coast after a four-year absence.

The airline stopped flights to the tourist strip in July 2008, but will resume three flights per day from the end of October.

It will mean a potential extra 1000 visitors to the Gold Coast daily.

Qantas boss Alan Joyce says Australia's sixth largest city is a vital link in the airline's network.

"We believe the time is now right for Qantas to come back onto this route," he said on Monday.

Premier Campbell Newman says the decision is a vote of great confidence in the Gold Coast and tourism.

"We need the extra flights into our major cities," Mr Newman told reporters at Coolangatta Airport.

"It does indicate that people are seeing that a new government does have economic growth as its main priority, tourism as a huge priority."

AAP

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