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Average price (return flight)

$940(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal (return flight)

$1,090or less

Good deal one-way

$356or less

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Top 3 airlines serving Cairns to Alice Springs

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7.9
Qantas Airways
Overall score based on 4,869 reviews
8.1
Boarding
7.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.6
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "Dinner choices could be better. Slow boarding process."

Cons: "Qantas always gives great service"

Pros: "Good entertainment, tasty food, easy boarding and disembarking"
Cons: "nil"

Cons: "The flight from Cairns to JFK that I originally purchased was supposed to be 7 hours of travel time less than what I actually ended up with. The airline changed my flights 4 times after originally booking."

Pros: "All as expected."
Cons: "Crew could have been more pleasant."

Pros: "Good food and entertainment"
Cons: "Timely"

Cons: "They didn’t leave my food. They took it away."

Cons: "We left about a half hour late, but made up some of the time in the air."

Cons: "Qantas is a great airline and I enjoy flying with them. I happened to have two seat mates on either side of me who took up more than their share of the seat, making my flight rather uncomfortable."

Cons: "No screaming children"

Pros: "Great flight. Efficient and great service."
Cons: "Seats very uncomfortable.. glad it was only a few hours."

Pros: "The crew were so incredibly friendly and helpful! The food was delicious, and entertainment was great."
Cons: "Nothing. It was a great flight."

Pros: "all good"
Cons: "all good"

Pros: "The crew was spectacular. Could not have been more friendly and helpful. Went out of their way to provide great service. The food was great, especially the breakfast!"
Cons: "The coach seats were wide enough, but a couple of more inches leg room would have been better."

Cons: "Boarding is very haphazard, not according to seat numbers, no pre boarding for small babies. Flight attendant spilled juice on me, very unprofessional."

Pros: "The seats were comfy."
Cons: "I booked through Budget Air and was initially online able to confirm seats and meals for my husband and I online with Qantas easily. Months out my flight was cancelled and I was rebooked onto a later flight that would have made us miss all of our transfers to our honeymoon on Fitzroy Island. Because I had booked through 'a 3rd party' Qantas refused to assist me. I managed to convince budget air to change our flights. We were moved to a jetstar flight from Melbourne to cairns. I had to confirm that this had occurred and go through multiple people online to reallocate seats and food options for my husband and myself again. Only my luggage allowance was carried across to jetstar and neither of our meal allowances were. When it came to online check-in with jetstar I could not check my husband in online only myself. I spoke to multiple people online who all confirmed they didn't know why or there was no problem and we should just present ID and check in in person. When we got to the airport Qantas had not transferred the e-ticket code across for my husband's booking and this is why we could not check him in online. The jetstar staff had to try to get his original booking code from Qantas. As it turned out I had to original booking code through budget Air in my hand and had to assert this information to staff. Flying back we were able to check in online fine with Qantas. Our boarding passes printed different sizes but did not present a problem when we dropped off our luggage. When we sent to check in the staff member couldn't get the smaller pass to read and my husband had to assert that he also had it on his phone. Despite all of my online conversations the aisle seat was allocated to me and not my husband who required it because of a medical condition and the flight was 30min delayed. We won't be traveling with Qantas or jetstar, or booking through budget Air again."

Cons: "Flight attendant kept forgetting to turn the entertainment back on after an announcement. Flight attendant sounded unprofessional over PA Would like more snacks - savoury and sweet, instead of just savoury. Snack was not sufficient for a 3 hour flight landing at 9pm. Had to wait on plane while airbridge was brought to the plane so everyone could disembark - “they weren’t expecting the flight!!” Whole flight still waiting for luggage after 55 minutes of standing at carousel and only after 55 minutes an announcement to say handlers are tending to a departure and we have to wait another 10 minutes - a whole hour for luggage - take carry on only next time!!!! 4 flights collecting luggage from the one carousel!!"

Pros: "The food was decent"
Cons: "The entertainment system didn't work or was buggy for the entire flight and while we got an apology, we got no other compensation. Also, with 2 hours left in the flight, the flight attendants loudly woke everyone up in the plane and forcefully raised everyone's seats, even if they were asleep, so that they could serve breakfast to everyone. That was an incredibly rude awakening."

Cons: "In flight wifi and entertainment didnt work"

Pros: "Qantas staff unfailingly helpful and courteous."
Cons: "A more suitable lunch that could be eaten more easily , the quiche in a fidley box and nothing to w eat it on was trying."

Pros: "Friendly efficient service. Lots of smiles. Food was great. Very comfortable seating"
Cons: "Toilet was very cramped USB charging plug not working. Pretty average range of movies."

Pros: "The crew tried their best to accommodate the many teens and toddlers on board."

Pros: "Helpful staff, well informed"

Cons: "Boarding is a gong show. Not very clear signage for premium line so there’s always a ton of people jamming up the queue"

Cons: "Flight was late departing."

Pros: "Pleasant, clean & comfortable"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Food was a improvement luggage transfer to connecting flight great a"
Cons: "All good"

Pros: "Everything was great - arrived early. Excellent service."

Pros: "All the services"

Pros: "Enough room.. 3 seats for myselfe"

Pros: "One of the representatives was genuinely helpful. She made a better effort than others to help me find another flight replacement."
Cons: "Most representative/consultants were not helpful. I was given inconsistent information by different representatives."

Pros: "In flight crew"
Cons: "Disregard for chosen seats and unwillingness to reinstate them."

Pros: "Smooth flight, good breakfast options, easy check-in, flight was on time."
Cons: "I"

Pros: "everything"
Cons: "when my bag got lost"

Pros: "Chargers in all the seats, great movies, great food."

Cons: "9 hour delay and zero assistance rearranging car rentals, hotels, EXPENSIVE transfer between airport terminals"

Pros: "Movie selection was excellent"
Cons: "They missed giving me a chocolate!"

Cons: "My headphone jack did not work so i could not watch anything on the TV for the entire flight"

Pros: "Amazing crew and staff."
Cons: "No vegetetarian food option, seat 16f was soiled, fold down tray had sticky residue from previous flight(s)."

Pros: "Staff were wonderful"
Cons: "The only thing I found was the seat where I sat was a bit noisy. I had to have the sound on my movie turnd up loud to drown out emgine noise."

Pros: "They gave us loaner strollers to get the kids through the airport. So family friendly. Food was great too."
Cons: "No complaints."

Cons: "Lost a bag Charged for bags Made us check in our overhead bags-No quality carrier does that."

Cons: "Hot food disgusting."

Pros: "Luckily the flight was only 3 hours"
Cons: "Most uncomfortable seat (smallest, least leg room would not recline, no padding) that I can remember. Baby not just crying but screening in the seat behind me and crew did nothing."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Poor boarding procedure in Melbourne. Delay badly handled, missed important connection. Business class inflight entertainment dos not work!"

Pros: "Very friendly crew. Comfortable flight."

Cons: "Only one channel of audio was playing--made listening to Tubular Bells just plain WRONG..."

Pros: "Staff obliging food excellent on time all good"
Cons: "All good"

Pros: "Paying for extra leg room was the best investment. Coming home was even better than going across as we were traveling through the The crew were sensational, obliging, friendly and accommodating. For long haul economy flights, I was really impressed. Will definitely continue to travel with Qantas."

Pros: "Fabulous. Flawless smooth transition. Great help in the airport of getting to my ext flight that was not connecting. Good experience with in flight entertainment on your own phone. Nice airline."

Pros: "Crew were great - some in cabin entertainment would have been great. Or since it was available for phone this should have been explained."
Cons: "Allow power outlets for the mobile phones if movies were accessible"

Cons: "It would have been a normal trip but we were delayed about an hour in Cairns because the passenger count didn’t add up to what the computer said. This made it very tight to catch our next flight. Barely had time to use the bathroom."

Pros: "Crew great. Very grateful for the cuppa"
Cons: "Headrest low for a tall person. Shoulders sort of rested on it. Notconfy"

Cons: "The flight was fine but it was 4 hours behind schedule."

Pros: "Free WiFi and a snack of crackers and a dip."
Cons: "All good!"

Pros: "Felt Cheap"
Cons: "Felt Cheap. Not even an entertainment center and no one on flight could make the app download or work."

Pros: "Flight was on time, no charge for checked baggage, a sandwich and juice were served, and it was all for the price of a budget carrier."
Cons: "In flight entertainment system was not working. Then again, who expected an in-flight entertainment system at this price point?!"

Pros: "Crew very helpful, friendly, and profession,"
Cons: "I don't like the delay at Boarding and staying so long time at Aircraft before taking off"

Cons: "Delays from Sydney to Cairns were disappointing and VA did nothing to make up for it. (The flight was pretty empty so that was a plus!"

Pros: "Friendly attendants and they offer food - just a sandwich and pretzels but enough."

Pros: "Great snack!!"
Cons: "I had a cold air vent blowing on me. Crew did nothing even though I asked 3 times to turn the AC down or provide me with a blanket. I will not fly on this airline again or recommend it to my friends."

Pros: "Flight where great"

Cons: "I didn't get a ticket through the reservation and had to pay extra at the airport for another seat."

Pros: "I loved the food and friendly airline staff. They were very accommodating."
Cons: "I have no complaints."

Pros: "Good service, friendly staff. Amazing how fast they board a plane!"

Pros: "-Professional, clean. Staff seemed happy to be there. -Use of both front and rear boarding allows for faster departure."
Cons: "-Need clearer instructions or a crew member to direct passengers to front or back of plane. -In flight entertainment depends on predownload of an app."

Pros: "Quick and efficient once we boarded"
Cons: "Seats small. One crew member had massive attitude Was getting very upset at Asians who kept trying to switch seats. She was, in my opinion, unprofessional with her comments and was taking it very personal."

Pros: "flight crew, food service"
Cons: "no leg room, limited complimentary beverages"

Cons: "There was a lot of confusion for people trying to use the kiosks to check in. Finally a representative stood by the machine and told people not to bother, just queue up for the desk to get boarding passes and drop of luggage , which took for ever. Once on the plane the seats are very cramped."

Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Check in was terrible. The kiosks were not working and there was NO staff available to instruction or to ask questions. The check-in and bag drop off lines elevate terrible. I believe a big problem is they only allow one bag including carry-on and there were no signs indicating this!"

Pros: "It was a full flight but take off and landing were on time and staff and service was good and friendly."

Pros: "Check in was easy and the flight was on time. Good service"

Pros: "Free luggage check and a meal for a 2.5 hour flight."

Pros: "The crew,the food"
Cons: "It was delayed near one hour"

Pros: "Courteous, friendly staff."

Pros: "Na"
Cons: "Na"

Pros: "Great plane, good service and attitude of the flight attendants."
Cons: "We were delayed due to weather. Nothing the airline can do about it. But still do t like it. Great"

Pros: "Alot"
Cons: "NOting"

Pros: "What's to like, poor seats, overnight flight, no food, no blankets, no pillows. Only good thing is the price."
Cons: "Late departure, delayed landing, appalling baggage handling times landed 6.15am, got my bag 1hour later."

Cons: "No ability to use entertainment unless app downloaded prior to flight."

Pros: "That's the main thing :)"

Pros: "Boarding procedures were good, check in went smoothly."
Cons: "Horrible attitude of crew, didn't appear to care for their passengers or concerns. No entertainment available and assistance for such not provided even when requested. Food ?"

Cons: "No entertainment except the app, which we did not download."

Pros: "Easy bording process. Left early and smooth flight."

Pros: "Flight on time and flight attendants were very attentive."
Cons: "All good!"

Pros: "There was a medical emergency on board and the crew handled it calmly and quietly. Very professional."

Pros: "I really appreciated the free checked bag. Aside from a little confusion as to which way to board the plane, all was smooth."

Pros: "Flight attendants recognized my discomfort, asked about pain. Gave me ice, pain medication and water for my toothache. Great job."
Cons: "The toothache."

Pros: "Great customer service and comfortable flight"
Cons: "Computer system was down and check in counter could have used a few more employees to service the long line of customers waiting for about 45 minutes to check in."

Pros: "Accommodating crew, helpful when feeling ill"
Cons: "Horrible food, no leg room, little room to move"

Pros: "Professional service"
Cons: "Food was not very appetising"

Pros: "I didnt like anything because i didnt flight because of your shitty company that didnt tell me about my decline"

Cons: "I wish that there were places for me to plug in my chargers"

Pros: "Check in process and Perth terminal"
Cons: "Cabin crew professional but a little rude, no in seat entertainment."

Pros: "Did not give us a hard time about bags that were a little over weight."

Pros: "Nothing"

Pros: "Everything from check in to in-plane service was first class."

Cons: "Baggage charge of $70 Australian dollars was an unpleasant surprise. Had 3 bags. All other airlines on this trip went by weight, not number of bags and charged zero."

Pros: "They provide check in luggage and serve free snack , no extra charge like the other domestic flight. The air ticket is fare ,not more expensive than the other domestic airlines"

Cons: "In this time of Covid-19 the few passengers on the plane were all sat in the same area. There was plenty of room to put at least one seat between passengers"

Pros: "Check-in staff excellent, helped me get through a tight schedule."

Cons: "Refused to refund my purchase when I wasn't able to use my ticket"

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