Direct flights from Launceston Airport to Adelaide and Canberra could be on the cards if demand is high enough, Premier Peter Gutwein says.
The Tasmanian government has been engaged in early discussions with the South Australian and ACT governments about establishing a so-called travel bubble between the three jurisdictions, as they look to further open up their economies in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
The ACT's borders are open, while Tasmania and South Australia's remain closed.
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Mr Gutwein, who is also the state's Tourism Minister, says he hopes by early July to clarify when Tasmania's borders will be lifted.
While the travel bubble talks have so far centred on Hobart Airport, the Premier didn't rule out the possibility that departing and return flights between Launceston and Adelaide, as well as Launceston and Canberra, could be introduced.
"I obviously have a very keen interest in Launceston, as it's in my electorate," he said. "But the airport's not."
"In terms of direct flights, that will be determined by demand. Importantly, the conversations that we're having with both South Australia and the ACT will be ongoing."
Tourism Northern Tasmania chief executive Chris Griffin said the tourism industry would welcome additional flights into Launceston.
"I'm confident that we'd be able to present a compelling Tasmanian destination appeal to these markets [South Australia and the ACT]," he said.
"But as always it'll come down to the sustainable demand for travel to and from these markets to make such city links viable.
"As we come out of the pandemic lock-down we should be exploring new market possibilities as well as reconnecting with our traditional east coast markets of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane."
When it comes to a return to flying, chief of Launceston Airport, Andrew Gardiner, said the airport would be taking a "slightly delayed start over a false start".
"We're working with government, industry and airlines to facilitate flights into Launceston Airport and continue to listen to the expert health advice and work with governments to resume in a way that is safe and supports passenger confidence," Mr Gardiner said.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has said he doesn't think early July is too ambitious a target for starting flights between the ACT, Tasmania and South Australia but added that it would ultimately depend on the airlines.
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