Swift response: Qantas adds 60 flights to cope with demand for Taylor Swift tour

A Qantas Boeing B737 taxiing
Robert Frola (GFDL or GFDL), via Wikimedia Commons

On July 6, 2023, Qantas revealed that they will be introducing 60 extra flights between Melbourne and Sydney in February 2024 to cater to the high demand for Taylor Swift’s planned Eras Tour.

These additional flights will be operational between February 15 and February 27, 2024, coinciding with Swift’s performances in Melbourne and Sydney.

The move by the Australian national flag carrier will effectively make in excess of 11,000 additional seats available on the proposed services, which will see some trans-Tasman flights ‘up rated’ to a larger Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.

1500 percent rise in domestic bookings


The decision to boost flight capacity was made in response to a substantial 1500% surge in domestic bookings last week, which aligned with the release of pre-sale and general tickets for the singer’s Eras Tour set to hit Australia in early 2024.

The inclusion of these 60 additional flights will make it more convenient for ticket holders to travel to the concert venues, granting their “wildest dreams” of attending the shows, according to an airline spokesperson.

Breakdown of additional flights


Furthermore, Qantas will also be upgrading certain trans-Tasman services from the narrowbody Boeing 737 aircraft to larger Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft to accommodate the heightened demand over the period.

The proposed flight additions will include 24 extra flight services between Sydney and Melbourne, 20 additional flights between Sydney/Melbourne and the South Australian capital of Adelaide, and eight additional trans-Tasman flights between Sydney/Melbourne and Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island.

The Eras Tour marks Taylor Swift’s first tour in Australia since 2015 and is anticipated to be an enormous success, as tickets are already selling out rapidly.

Qantas’ extra flights are planned to help ensure that all fans who wish to attend the concerts can do so without any travel complications.

“Our lowest fares have a reputation for selling out quickly, so our advice for any concertgoers is to book as soon as possible,” the Qantas spokesperson said.

That clearly means acting Swift-ly to avoid disappointment.

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