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Last month, the Australian Government announced a $1.2 billion tourism support package which included 800,000 half-price airfares, helping a record number of Australians enjoy a holiday at home this year.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, more than 600,000 half-price flights have been snapped up in just three weeks following the federal government’s $1.2 billion package to help tourism bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic and entice Aussies to discover Australia and support the local tourism businesses.

Mr McCormack said, “the mass uptake of bargain domestic holiday trips is a big win for the aviation industry, with domestic carriers “.

“Australians are taking trips in large numbers with airlines reporting sales dwarfing previous records – our aviation industry is in a remarkable position compared to where it was just one year ago,” Mr McCormack said in a statement on Sunday.

“The proof is there in the sky today, as we see Qantas, Virgin, Rex and so many other smaller airlines flying proudly, carrying Australians to their dream holidays.”

The Qantas Group said recently it would be revising its 80 per cent estimate of its pre-COVID domestic capacity for April-June and is now expecting this to be beyond 90 per cent, provided there are no significant border closures.

The national carrier says this is due to strong leisure demand helped by the Federal Government’s half-price fare offer and the return of the majority of corporate and small to medium business travel.

And the domestic capacity bounce is set to continue rising into the new 2022 with Jetstar predicted to reach 120 per cent of pre-COVID levels, and Qantas to be at 107 per cent.