FLYING AHEAD: Qantas has made changes to resident fares in Roma and Charleville, introducing a new scheme and discounts for locals.
FLYING AHEAD: Qantas has made changes to resident fares in Roma and Charleville, introducing a new scheme and discounts for locals. Brent Winstone

Fare changes are in the air at regional centres

QANTAS has caught up with the digital age, announcing cheaper resident fares for Maranoa and Murweh locals are now available online.

Roma and Charleville are the latest rural airports to be added to the national carrier's Resident Fare Program, which the company says offers better prices and an easier booking process for regional passengers.

"We know that affordable air travel is important for regional communities which is why we offer discounted fares for residents,” a Qantas spokeswoman said.

"In response to community feedback, we are making it easier for Roma and Charleville residents to access discounted airfares and ensuring they have the same booking options as other regional cities under the program.”

Under the program, Classic Resident Fares will be lowered permanently, to $278 for a Roma-Brisbane return flight and $326 for Charleville-Brisbane.

Qantas is also rolling out discounts of 20 to 30 per cent for its rural passengers across Queensland, and even larger price cuts for trips booked in busy periods or at the last minute.

"The existing discount program is proving to be extremely popular but some residents have told us that when they need to travel during peak travel periods or at the last minute, for things like funerals or urgent medical appointments, they end up booking our highest fares and paying more or they don't travel,” Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David said.

"That's why we are introducing bigger discounts to these bookings.

"The maximum residents in these towns will pay is around $400 per sector, or around $800 return.

"There are some fundamental realities about the costs of operating regional services that we can't change, particularly to remote parts of the country, but we are making this commitment and investment to assist residents in these towns.”

Along with the introduction of new fares and online booking, Qantas is offering residents free memberships to its frequent flyer program. Membership is required to access the Resident Fares.

To access resident fares, see qantas.com/residentfares


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