More than 60 per cent of people would consider travelling in the three months following the easing of border restrictions according to a new survey.
The survey, which was commissioned by Launceston Airport and closed three weeks ago, had about 2500 respondents and sort feedback on a variety of topics.
Respondents weren’t required to answer all questions and they could select multiple options for some.
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It found about 34 per cent of people would consider travelling as soon as border restrictions were lifted while about 20 per cent would consider travelling between one and three months later.
The main reason for travelling was visiting friends or relatives with holidaying a close second.
Launceston Airport planning and development manager Ilya Brucksch said the survey was conducted so they could gauge the needs of the people of Northern Tasmania. He said it showed there was a desire to travel despite concerns about the pandemic.
“We know there is a demand to fly or travel, our survey results show 64 per cent of Tasmanians will travel by air in the next three months if given the opportunity,” Mr Brucksch said.
Mr Brucksch said the airport was working with airlines to secure new routes.
“We are working with the airlines to look at other travel destinations given the issues with the destinations that we fly direct to at the moment. We are looking through and discussing options of travelling direct to other locations,” he said.
He said the airport is taking extra precautions to make sure everyone is safe and travellers should do their research before flying.
“The last thing we want to see is for people to arrive in the state or travel elsewhere not knowing the requirements set out by the health restrictions,” Mr Brucksch said.
Tourism Northern Tasmania chief executive officer Chris Griffin said he was not concerned by the high number of people looking to travel interstate in the next three months. “It is pent-up demand which will likely be given by a need to visit family and friends plus business travel,” he said.
Launceston Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Pitt said having an airport close by was vital for business.
He said securing more direct flights would allow for an increase in tourism and help with business travel.
“We need the airlines to be flying in and out of the city… that is the critical piece the flights really,” Mr Pitt said.
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