Obviously the situation with COVID-19 is very fluid and we urge you to check the relevant state Government information before you fly but in the meantime here is a cheat sheet for travel between states in Australia.
The good news is that outside of Victoria and remote communities in our west and north our country is opening up again.
There are no longer restrictions for travel within states so if you don’t already have your Airly private jet membership to take advantage of the opening up of Australia, you can do so now on our App.
Victoria Victoria’s borders remain open however the greater Melbourne Area is currently a designated hotspot and is in stage 3 restrictions. You can enter Victoria however you may be subject to quarantine requirements in your state when you return.
New South Wales NSW Borders are open to all states except Victoria and there are no restrictions for travel within NSW.
Queensland In exciting news, Queensland will open its borders to those from all states and territories other than Victoria on July 10. Great news for people looking to make the most of the winter sun.
Unfortunately for Victorians, currently “any person who has been in a declared hotspot within the last 14 days will have to complete 14 days quarantine in government arranged accommodation.
You will need to pay for the cost of your quarantine.
All current COVID-19 hotspots are located in Victoria and currently all of Victoria is a hotspot.
South Australia A cross border permit is required if arriving by air or road and arrivals from the ACT, NSW and Victoria must isolate for 14 days after arrival.
In good news, if you are arriving from Queensland and have spent the previous 14 days in Queensland, you are exempt from the self quarantine requirements.
ACT The ACT borders are open to all states except Victoria.
Non ACT residents travelling to ACT from Victoria will be denied entry to the ACT unless they have an exception. ACT residents will need to quarantine for 14 days after their return.
Northern Territory The Northern Territory’s borders are open; however non essential travellers to the Northern Territory still need to undertake mandatory self quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
There are no COVID-19 related restrictions for internal travel or travel to remote communities.
Tasmania The Tasmanian Government has currently set a date of Friday 24 July for changes to be made to current border restrictions.
Currently everyone entering Tasmania except essential travellers must quarantine for 14 days either at their own home in a government mandated quarantine hotel.
Western Australia WA’s hard border closure remains in place and you must apply for an exemption to enter. Further restrictions also apply for remote communities but all other internal travel restrictions have been removed.
Airly is here to get you moving around Australia whether you need a private jet charter, shared flight or want to take advantage of an empty leg.
An empty leg is the term used for a repositioning flight after a jet is used to fly to a destination.
For example if a jet is booked to fly from Sydney to Byron Bay but its next booked flight is also out of Sydney, the return trip is called an empty leg because it is unsold and therefore will return to Sydney empty.
To partially reduce the cost of these ’empty legs’ they are often sold for a fraction of their regular price.
Empty legs often come available at short notice and at a huge discount compared to the price of the originating flight while still offering all the perks of a private jet.
Which all sounds amazing but there are some drawbacks you need to be aware of.
You need some flexibility to take advantage of them as the date and time of the return leg is often fixed due to operational requirements.
If the inbound flight is moved or operational requirements change, the timing of your empty leg may also change and of course if the inbound flight is cancelled for any reason, then your empty leg will also be cancelled too.
Which can sound daunting but when you book with a reputable operator like Airly we know these things can happen and can work with you to ensure you still make your original destination.
An empty leg is a great low cost way to experience private jet flight for the first time, make some great memories for you and your family this school holidays and check out some the amazing empty legs on the Airly App for this school holidays.
Australia’s fastest growing aviation company, Airly, has announced plans to resume offering members seats on private flights to Byron Bay and Mt Hotham just in time for the July school holidays.
Airly members can opt into an existing flight or initiate a new one on a luxury private jet via the Airly app. The innovative on-demand service, which requires arrival only 15 minutes prior to departure, makes flying private convenient and affordable.
The cost of the seats on the member-only flights from Sydney and Melbourne are comparable to business class.
With the commercial airlines still only planning to be at 40 per cent pre-pandemic capacity by the end of July, and only 46 Sydney to Melbourne flights a week for the foreseeable future, interest in Airly has grown significantly since COVID-19. App-usage is up by 80% and membership has more than doubled since Airly’s popular Sydney / Melbourne flights resumed in May.
“Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a surge in business travellers using our service to get their businesses moving now that restrictions are easing. With limited local options from the commercial airlines, and no way to holiday overseas, we expect domestic travellers looking to make the most of the upcoming winter break will make up the next wave,” explained Luke Hampshire, Airly’s Co-founder.
“For holiday makers, Airly creates the opportunity to travel in style for very little additional cost compared to flying business class with the commercial airlines. The more members fly with Airly, the more flights become available. Our innovative membership-based approach creates a network effect,” added Luke.
As borders reopen more shared flight opportunities will be offered including the Gold Coast from both Sydney and Melbourne.
While the travel industry has taken a massive hit from the coronavirus pandemic, the number of people using Aussie private jet startup Airly has risen.
Airly, which launched in 2016, is an app-based service where members can book flights on a private jet – either by opting-in to an existing flight, or initiating a new one.
Co-founder Luke Hampshire told Business Insider Australia the service had been busy during the fourth quarter of 2019 until the bushfires hit and travel started declining. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck, initially causing a decline in usage.
But, in recent months, that has changed. Hampshire said usage on the app is up 80%, with the company doubling its membership numbers over the last three months.
Hampshire said flights over the past two weeks have been above average with June “looking very busy”.
“We’re in one of the best positions globally from the COVID perspective,” Hampshire said. “We’re very nimble. We’re able to move quickly, we see the demand, we see the interest [and] we can apply that model to what’s required. Whereas the airlines are slow-moving. They have a lot of assets, they have a lot of moving parts that take time to scale up.”
How Airly works
Hampshire describes Airly as a service that merges the perks of private travel with the predictability of commercial flights. “The big goal has always been how can we make private [flights] accessible and affordable to more sophisticated travellers,” he said.
Airly doesn’t require users to pay ongoing membership fees.
“We don’t want people paying for not using us,” Hampshire said. “So basically we can get members in now with no ongoing fees, let them check the app out, let them initiate a flight risk-free, get them on board and get them flying.” It was a decision the company made once the coronavirus pandemic set in, as a new way to provide value for its members.
Once you download the app and apply for membership, you get to either opt in for an existing flight or initiate a flight.
“What happens is that it sends out a notification to all the other members that the flight’s been initiated,” Hampshire explained. “The big difference for us is that you’re not paying for the whole jet, you’re just paying for what you need. And then we rely on other members to get on board, get involved and to book as well.”
Cost-wise, a flight from Melbourne to Sydney or Sydney to the Gold Coast flight costs $1295 a seat each way.
Most of Airly’s customers are business owners
Airly isn’t a scheduled operation. The company had considered it as a business model in the past but never went ahead with it.
“What we feel is the best option is to let our members decide when they need to go,” he said. “Ironically, they tend to be at similar times, which is helpful. It means you can get more than one group of members on a round trip.”
“Members who didn’t know each other prior to the flight actually become strong connections by the end of the flight,” Hampshire added.
Most of Airly’s current customer base are business owners. “Essential travel hasn’t stopped,” Hampshire said.
He explained that there was a period of time during the start of the pandemic when everyone was isolating – something Airly was advocating for as well. No one was flying through March and part of April before travellers started returning, especially business owners who have to travel to each of their business locations.
“It’s quite a contrast to everyone expecting work from home and Zoom to take over,” Hampshire said. “We’re still seeing those business owners needing to get from A to B.”
As a charter flight company, Airly is capable of doing global flights, including repatriation trips all the way from Europe. However, the company’s core focus is its shared flights – mainly from Sydney to Melbourne.
While Airly can provide charter flights for one-off destinations, its shared flights aim to capture the most popular routes. They do seasonal flights to destinations like Byron Bay and the Sunshine Coast, as well as options later in June for the snow season.
The company considers itself a supplementary service rather than a competitor to commercial airlines
Airly has coronavirus preventative measures in place
Airly uses the Embraer range of aircraft – a four-seat option called a Phenom 100 and the eight-seater Phenom 300. Hampshire said having these planes provides consistency for passengers because “we don’t want to be throwing 10 different aircraft at members.”
“They’re the perfect jet for us,” Hampshire said. “They’re capable of carrying a lot of luggage, they’re extremely economical, they’re the most carbon efficient jet available in Australia and it’s just a very comfortable ride for your one to two to three-hour flights.”
Hampshire also went through the measures Airly is taking to prevent coronavirus on flights.
Each passenger is required to provide a 14-day travel history before the flight. On the day of the flight, there are temperature checks at the door, and passengers are encouraged to use hand sanitiser. On shared flights, you’ll be required to use face masks, especially when there’s more than one group of members boarding.
While Airly had under 100 members for “a long period of time” through 2019, it now has more than 180 members. It wants to become the first point of call for people looking for a flight.
“The big goal now is to aggressively expand with our investors and keep increasing flights and as borders open we get Australia moving,” Hampshire said. “Right now it’s business travellers [and] we can’t wait until we can start moving leisure travellers around again.”
In these uncertain times our new private jet membership with no ongoing fees gives you something to rely on.
With Virgin under a cloud and Qantas operating at 5% of its pre-pandemic capacity commercial flights are scarce, making it hard for you to get to where you need to go to get your business up and moving again.
A membership with Airly gives you access to shared flights on private jets across the eastern seaboard at a price that is comparable with business class.
To support Australian businesses we are waiving all membership fees until July and our new membership structure will have no ongoing fees.
So whether you need travel for yourself or for your entire team Airly will have a private flight solution for you, from single seats to a whole plane.
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As a private travel club, your Airly membership makes private air travel accessible and affordable.
Private jet charter is available at any time, stay tuned for great options on empty legs but with few commercial flights available demand for an Airly membership is growing.
So here are a few things to consider when looking for a seat on a shared flight:
1. Check for activated flights before initiating a new one; which leads to 2. Flexible travel times; 3. Initiate flights early to give us more time to find fellow jet setters; 4. Refer Airly to colleagues and associates. The more members Airly has the more planes we can offer and the more benefits you receive.
Referring Airly to your friends with our new app is so simple. You’ll have a unique code, and with a simple click of ‘Share’ you can SMS, email or copy and paste the link.