Qantas dumps all future Sydney to Hervey Bay flights

DIRECT QantasLink flights between Sydney and Hervey Bay will be permanently cancelled due to a lack of passengers.  

The flights between Sydney and Hervey Bay have run on Saturdays and Sundays since May 2014, but will stop operation from August 8.  

A Qantas spokeswoman said after two years of service, the direct flights were not a viable option for the company.  

"Unfortunately we just aren't seeing enough people book seats on the flights," the spokeswoman said.  

"This is despite our hard work over the past two years to promote the service, as well as deploying smaller aircraft on the route to better match capacity with demand."  

She said those wishing to travel with Qantas to and from Sydney and Hervey Bay would be able to fly to Brisbane before flying to their final destinations.  

"We remain committed to Hervey Bay and will continue to operate our four daily return services to Brisbane, which connect to our domestic and international network," she said.  

"We apologise to customers for the inconvenience and will offer a refund or we can re-accommodate on a QantasLink flight via Brisbane for those customer who have booked a ticket after August 7."  

QantasLink started the twice-weekly return services, operated on Saturdays by a Dash-8 Q400 and on Sundays by B717 aircraft, between Hervey Bay and Sydney on May 17 2014.  

The last take-off for the service will be on August 7.  

Fraser Coast commuters will still be able to fly direct to and from Sydney non-stop via Virgin Australia airlines.  

Virgin Australia offers flights between Sydney and Hervey Bay seven days a week in the morning and afternoon.