Direct flights from Albury to Brisbane are returning to the NSW-Victorian border airport.
In a bid to encourage Queenslanders to visit the Victorian ski fields, Qantas is introducing the Albury to Brisbane route from July 1 until September 26 in a three-year deal.
Albury council mayor Kevin Mack said despite the previous drama with budget airline JetGo, which previously operated flight on the route until 2018, there was always interest in the route.
"Qantas has announced they will be operating direct flights from Albury to Brisbane three days a week, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, to pick up on potential snow traffic but also to take traffic the other way," he said.
"We're very excited to be welcoming this new service from Qantas at a time when our tourism businesses are recovering from the effects of COVID-19 so having this new direct link into the important Queensland market will put smiles on lots of faces.
"Brisbane and the Gold Coast are certainly popular destinations for Albury-Wodonga people during the winter months."
Cr Mack said Qantas are also looking at other routes in and out of Albury.
"I know Adelaide isn't off the table," he said.
"Post-COVID a lot of people are travelling and it is great to see an opportunity to bring some more tourism to the Border and North East."
Cr Mack said it was important that after a horror 2020 snow resorts felt supported.
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"I know Falls Creek and Mount Hotham management are really excited about this announcement and are looking forward to welcoming more visitors this snow season," he said.
"As we're an easy drive to the major North East resorts, flights direct to Albury will have our Queensland visitors on the slopes soon after landing, which is great news as we all work together to rebuild our visitor economy.
"Increased visitation to our alpine resorts is good news for everyone, with the flow-on economic benefits to be felt by business and tourism operators across a wide spectrum of the sector."
The direct flights on the Q400 aircraft will provide a total of more than 5700 seats on the route throughout winter.
Qantas plans to work with the ski resorts and transport operators to promote the flights to the airline's frequent flyers, with fares to start from $239 one-way.