Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Coolangatta to Cairns
Qantas Airways and Jetstar have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Coolangatta to Cairns. Confirm policies on booking site.
The average direct flight takes 2h 25m, covering a distance of 1484 km.
There are 32 (direct) flights between Coolangatta and Cairns per week, averaging 4 per day.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets were found on Jetstar ($122) and Multiple Airlines ($152), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on Jetstar ($195) and Multiple Airlines ($304).
Qantas Airways (2 times daily), Jetstar (2 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
When flying out of Coolangatta you will be using Coolangatta Gold Coast, often referred to as Coolangatta Airport. You will be landing at Cairns, also known as Cairns Airport.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "Assistance with moving through airport due to a disability"
Pros: "The tv size, charging station, foot hammock"
Cons: "No delay,"
Pros: "Flight attendants super sweet and really paid attention to any needs. Comfy seats, lots of movies to choose from and a tasty breakfast."
Cons: "The dim sums could be changed for something else."
Pros: "Love qantas airways! Such a great and safe airline."
Pros: "It was our first time flying on Qantas. everything was above expectations."
Pros: "Crew were super helpful. Have flown with other airlines, but have to say Qantas crews are very professional and helpful. They go that extra mile."
Pros: "Great crew and good food."
Cons: "Delayed departing."
Cons: "Crew was not friendly. Also - who thought putting call buttons in the armrest was a good idea? We had 10 accidental calls from the people around us alone."
Cons: "Boarding wasn’t differentiated. Flight departure was delayed but they made up time en route."
Pros: "Everything went well. boarding and check in."
Cons: "Seat spacing: way too close in economy. When person in front puts seat back, could not stand up to get out of seat. Got leg cramps trying to shuffle out sideways stooped over row of seats in front and rear hitting faces of occupants in my row. Refuse to fly on this airline any more until reasonable seat spacing is provided for price paid. Don't like standing up the whole flight because one cannot get into or out of seat."
Pros: "great food, entertainment & service"
Pros: "Normal standard for that kind of trip"
Pros: "Friendly staff"
Cons: "One of the stewardesses perfume was quite overwhelming."
Pros: "warm food even on domestic flight"
Pros: "staff were very friendly"
Cons: "the entertainment equipment had a glitch and not function properly"
Pros: "Lunch served was good."
Cons: "The flight was delayed a bit."
Pros: "Crew were ok"
Cons: "Food was awful and departed late"
Pros: "4 flights in 2 weeks Melbourne Cairns return & Melbourne Coolangatta return. Great staff induction from Qantas all flights were excellent"
Pros: "Twice this trip, 2 qantas staff rectified our seating allocation so we could sit together as a family and i didn't even have to ask. The staff are always so pleasant and engaging."
Cons: "A mishap when allocating seats online, when i chose seats for us online (my fault i left it too late) there weren't any together...but the staff rectified this..."
Pros: "I loved Qantas's attention to detail and their exceptionally friendly staff. Best airline I've used in recent years."
Pros: "Could not fault"
Pros: "The crew was very friendly and attentive."
Cons: "The most uncomfortable chair I have even sat in, I arrived home 5 days ago and my back still hurts."
Pros: "on time, easy flight"
Cons: "overcharged for second bag"
Pros: "Check-in & flight staff were very pleasant."
Cons: "The flight was one hour late. There was no entertainment system on the flight. The snack was mediocre."
Cons: "Qantas food gets worse each flight."
Pros: "Good crew"
Cons: "Poor meals in cardboard boxes"
Pros: "Excellent flight - great from start to finish. Free wifi was a bonus! delicious afternoon tea"
Pros: "13 hours might seem long but other carriers had longer flight times. Qantas was friendly and efficient. The flight itself was smooth. The B747-400 aircraft, while old, was comfortable. I slept for most of the flight with the help of some melatonin. The entertainment selection was good. The service was good. I would happily fly Qantas again on my next Australian adventure."
Cons: "The headphone connection in my seat was wonky on both flights to and from SFO-SYD. It was the same aircraft."
Pros: "The flight itself was fine. Point a to point b with no hiccups."
Cons: "The cabin crew was rude and had no self awareness. 2 times where I wasn't finished with my drink and they grabbed it right out of my hands. I was grabbing it so they could clear everything else but they took it as me trying to hand it to them. Both times I told them I was still drinking that and they disregarded it and threw it in the trash without hesitation. It's like they were robots on autopilot. Also, the male attendant in my row would always bump me pretty severely with his bum while grabbing things from the cart."
Pros: "Thanks Qantas staff members. You all rock! I was seated next to a sick passager and I spoke to crew members from LA to Sydney. They were so understanding and told me to find an empty isle seat like I wanted!! They made my flight to Australia so comfortable! My veggies meals were all on time! Great experience with staff in domestic flights too!!. Flight from Gold Coast to Sydney was excellent. Great service, indeed !!!"
Pros: "Dinner meal"
Pros: "A cut above all others"
Cons: "Flight delayed for 8 hours. Flight was to leave at 6.20am but left at 2.30pm. My whole day wasted. Very trying and begin in the airport at 4.00am for reporting and this happens.."
Pros: "Crew on the plane was a group of wonderful ladies. Always smiling & pleasant, even when they had to move people around. Great service with a smile."
Cons: "No info ahead of time about checking in. Once we got to the airport, I was told that I should have known better & checked in 24 hours prior. initially, the agent said that all seats are appropriated randomly. At the gate, I'm told different. I had to fight tooth & nail to get a seat next to my wife (who often gets airsick). It didn't feel good to have to argue & make a scene to accomplish this."
Pros: "Premium Economy was a good upgrade for me, it really helped on my way to my destination so I could sleep on the flight and then start my day when we landed. The Movie & Menu selection was enjoyable. This was a good flight with an attentive and courteous crew!"
Cons: "Overall, the cabin could use some updates. Seats feel's very 1980's. The older LCD screens generate a lot of heat and wash out the picture a bit, there are better LED/OLED options for airlines on the market."
Pros: "Dood provided was good. Service was good. Baggage was fast."
Pros: "Quite a bit of turbulence and I wish someone said it was normal I was worried the whole time"
Cons: "No dairy and gluten free option"
Pros: "All the good qualities are there. Check in was a breeze and very friendly handling our surfboard. However, the plane is old and needs a refurbishment, I can't believe how small the personal screens are! Whilst the crew were very friendly, always searching for a specific drink you request, but the food quality was average - I'm taking my own sandwich next time."
Pros: "On time dep and arr."
Cons: "Nothing specific."
Pros: "The crew was very friendly and helpful."
Cons: "The seat cushions are stiff and uncomfortable. And the seat backs were in my face the whole time."
Pros: "Good crew, spacious seats for economy. Good food."
Cons: "I wish they let us pick our seats, but they were assigned."
Pros: "comfortable seats. Okay food. Great entertainment."
Cons: "Flights were almost all delayed. Was told I didnt have to pick up luggage during connecting flight, but did have to."
Pros: "Staff were great, comfortable seats, great movie selection. Food was so-so. The panini bread was a bit chewy/stale, and the fish was tasteless. But overall the flight was great."
Cons: "The food. See above."
Cons: "Sold as Qantas. In fact it is Jetstar. No food, no drinks, no entertainment. Qantas personal unfriendly when we went to Qantas desk to check in for, what we thought was a Qantas flight."
Cons: "No veg option No screen for movies."
Pros: "The efficiency of the process from boarding to disembarkation."
Cons: "The flight was delayed, however I understand this happens in aviation."
Pros: "Movies good Boarding and luggage retrieval good"
Cons: "Arrived an hour late Was another passengers fault tho but annoying"
Pros: "Safe trip"
Cons: "Better food and choice of drinks"
Cons: "They ran out of sandwiches after only servicing 1/4 of the plane, and they are the only substantial pieces of food to buy for dinner! I was starving."
Pros: "Crew were very attentive and polite. Better than Singapore or Air NZ."
Cons: "Self check in was chaos. Labeling suitcases was difficult to do yourself and many needed help. If you didn't follow instructions to the letter the auto reader didn't work. Many were very frustrated including Virgin staff who were clearly run off their feet trying to cope. Scrap the system ."
Pros: "everything from the boarding and check-in process"
Cons: "Seats too close together"
Pros: "everything from the boarding and check-in process to in flight comfort."
Cons: "Seats are cramped"
Pros: "Happy crew"
Cons: "Melbourne weather lol"
Cons: "Plane trip was great , baggage pick up very slow. No entertainment on trip Melb to Cairns so can't comment."
Pros: "Virgin Australia crew members have been extremely courteous in my recent flights with them."
Pros: "fast boarding"
Cons: "Better Movies"
Pros: "Snack was good"
Cons: "Seats very uncomfortable and msny headrests would not stay in position making back of neck very uncomfortable. Also. Making passengers board via rear plane door and stairs where ramp to front plane door was used makes it much more difficult for seniors with carry on bag. Should use of front entra"
Cons: "Planes are old"
Cons: "vegetarian meal was a small side salad and soggy. this over lunchtime so was a disgrace for business class"
Pros: "I like Virgin Australia -- luggage allowances are generous and it's nice to have a snack."
Cons: "Flight was late, snack was not nearly as nice as on my previous trip (little crunchy snacks instead of cheese & crackers), they didn't want to serve hot drinks but offered no caffeinated substitute (in my opinion, if they are going to halt hot beverage service due to turbulence, they should offer free soft drinks instead, or at least free beer & wine since that would have been offered anyway if the flight had been on NSW time). Nothing major, just not as great as my previous experience with this airline."
Pros: "Took off a bit late but good communication around it. Comfortable easy and accommodating"
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: "How fast the process of checking in Munich bags and getting to the plain on time"
Cons: "Small seats"
Pros: "Love the inclusion of one checked bag in the ticket price. Like the free snack and hot drink."
Pros: "People were nice, and hoarding and disembarking was efficient."
Cons: "My bag got lost, and they didn't deliver it until very late. Also, the taxi driver somehow had the wrong address, so I had to give the correct one to him over the phone after he called me, confused about where he was."
Pros: "staff were wonderful!"
Cons: "not enough vegetarian meals brought on board for everyone in business class who wants one.... disgraceful for what it costs"
Pros: "Very friendly"
Cons: "Despite multiple confirmation emails from Kayak (including this survey). But I found out last minute from the airline that the flight never actually got booked, so I needed to book a different flight last minute."
Pros: "Check in was easy and I could not have asked for a better crew who were pleasant and helpful . Each and every flight in Australia on Virgin Australia has been made so easy for me with the help I have received from the crew with my husband who has mobility problems . seats very comfortable"
Cons: "There is no negative with this airline from ground crew to air flight attendants"
Cons: "Staff attitude on board very poor Overall experience very mediocre Entertainment selection very Asian biased"
Pros: "Had more then normal snacks."
Cons: "High numbered srat assignments board fron back of plane. This requires you to climb down & up stairs with carry-on bags. Would be good to mention when making reservation & seat assignments."
Cons: "There was an extremely long line at check-in with only a couple of Virgin Australia attendants working. Despite the line (of several hundred people), the staff appeared to have no urgency about moving customers through the check-in process, and at one point two of the the three workers quit working, packed up and left. Replacements arrived five minutes later and took another five to ten minutes to set-up before helping customers - leaving one agent for the overflowing line. Total wait time for check-in alone was over 1 hour."
Cons: "Boarding made half passengers drag their carryon luggage down stairs, then drag them up the plane. Not acceptable! Almost pulled my back out."
Pros: "Very helpful"
Cons: "Really tight seating. My knees hit back of other seat."
Cons: "As it is alliance with Singapore Airlines for international connecting but didn't felt any reasonable reason for not serving snacks."
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: "Can watch movies by phone"
Cons: "The food, the service are very normal"
Pros: "Staff were friendly and service was good.Flight was on time and my husband made his connecting flight."
Cons: "Only 2 toilets for economy passengers on a full flight."
Cons: "I was offered a seat near an exit door on the proviso I would help people in an emergency. I assumed this was because I am about 2 metres tall with my shoes on i.e. bit hard not to notice when I am at the counter. I actually got given a seat in Row 25 on an Airbus 321, which is the row in front of the spacious row 26, and row 25 has less kneeroom than the ordinary rows. Uncomfortable trip"
Pros: "pleasant staff"
Cons: "business class seats ordinary and poor food choices"
Pros: "I missed the connection in Sydney to get to Cairns… So, still waiting to board the last leg of the flight. The airport in Sydney was really busy and it just took a while to go through customs, and baggage claims etc.."
Cons: "Nice people but the seats are close so very tight fit for anyone over 5"5'"
Pros: "The entire service is great I'd be happy to pay more for a flight with virgin then any other airline"
Cons: "Absolutely nothing!"
Cons: "Checking in staff insisted that I check my 2nd bag even though it is within the carry-on bag limits."
Pros: "Virgin are consistent"
Pros: "Excellent choice of movies, nibbles and snacks suitable."
Cons: "The seat was a little uncomfortable on that plane. Not sure why."
Pros: "From booking to checking in to flights - all worked seamlessly - I would recommend it to anyone."
Pros: "When boarding the plane I enquired about headphones. The flight attendant told me they don't usually give out headphones on my particular flight, however 15 minutes into the flight she walked past and had a pair for me to use. I was really impressed by the level of service and the fact she remembered where I was sitting. Great customer experience!"
Cons: "Received a chewy muesli bar Aussie bikkies wd have been much nicer Thank you"
Pros: "The flights left on time"
Cons: "We will pay extra to fly on an airline with better customer service and assistance for check in, in future. We had a pusher and two little kids plus a baby so having to self check in from the Gold Coast was a nightmare. We only flew virgin to get a direct flight but will change our holiday destination to fly Qantas in future"
Pros: "No significant problem"
Pros: "First class was dirt"
Cons: "Service was fast and efficient"
Pros: "For that price it was a great flight"
Cons: "In this day and age, i expect to have free entertainment even with a short hall"
Pros: "Nothing actually"
Cons: "Late departure, uncomfortable seats, rude staff"
Pros: "Crew wasn’t that polite."
Cons: "Anything extra"
Pros: "That l got sms messages regarding my flight details and where to collect my luggage!! Awesome"
Cons: "Got charged $120 at the gate as my bags were 7.5kg not 7kg. Blatant money grab."
Pros: "They got me were I was going, just as it says on the tin."
Cons: "Don't know what hours they work, but the crew were clearly fatigued and couldn't be bothered. They were still polite but really just could not be a***d! Flight delayed by 20 mins and no explanation until airborne."
Pros: "Good smooth flight"
Cons: "Flight delayed getting away"
Pros: "The crew were great. Very clear on the p.a. System and good service."
Cons: "The seats were narrow and horribly cramped. No shaping to support your back and the tray table crushed my stomach and I am quite slim. Goodness knows how big people cope. We recently did a round The world trip with 11 flights and none were as bad as this."
Pros: "Arrived ahead of time"
Cons: "Nothing really"
Pros: "Overall experience very good"
Cons: "All goid"
Cons: "My father passed away this morning, and I couldn’t call anyone to change my flight. The number didn’t work. So I had to purchase 2 new tkts for the 11.30 flight home."
Pros: "I hadn’t seen the option to book my luggage so when I arrived in the airport I had to pay extra for my luggage (I assume this is more feedback for kayak then for Jetstar). The crew helped me really well to add my luggage but the extra fee was kind of a bummer.. Had a great flight, beautiful airplane and wonderful crew."
Cons: "Didn’t get food or entertainment so not applicable"
Pros: "Newer plane, arrived on time."
Cons: "You have to pay extra for everything. Even though it’s an eight hour flight there is no food, drink or entertainment included. They do have screens at the back of each seat but it’s $10 to watch a limited selection. The food and drink are expensive. It gets cold in the plane but you guessed it if you ask for a blanket you have to buy a $20 “comfort pack”. So be prepared!"
Cons: "Child behind sitting on floor banging seat and loud devices being used with no ear phones so couldn’t rest"
Pros: "Smooth flight"
Cons: "Extra fees were unexpected."
Cons: "Rude service"
Cons: "How close the seats are."
Pros: "never fly with Jetstar again ripped off with return baggage cost girl at reception seemed to get pleasure at taking 60 dollars from me for another hidden cost"
Pros: "Very smooth flight and the best landing ever! did not feel or know we had touched down."
Cons: "Don't fall for the scam where Kayak doesn't redirect you to the airline site, but rather has you book the flight within the Kayak site. They charge you a $10US surcharge on top of the flight cost. You can just as easily type in the airline site and book (for the same cost) without paying Kayak $10. It's not well disclosed and you can google all the complaints about Travelfuson (Kayak owner) online."
Cons: "The entire experience"
Pros: "Great crew that were all very friendly, Water was provided for free"
Cons: "Meals are not provided and drinks other than water will cost you Australian airports and immigration is a pain, even for an Australian!"
Pros: "Good seat and small load so could move around"
Cons: "No entertainment and charges for everything."
Pros: "Smooth ride"
Cons: "I'm a thin man and am 5'9" (pretty average height) and I couldn't fit comfortably in my seat. The space between rows was so tight my knees were squished into the seat in front of me."
Cons: "This was the least legroom I've ever had in a plane. The seats were so close together that they hardly reclined at all. This was very disappointing since we were on a red-eye that left at midnight. Most uncomfortable I've ever been on a plane. I was also surprised to see trash in most of the seat pockets around where I was seated."
Pros: "Be careful. I booked a return flight from Narita. I was NOT prompted in any vidible way about luggage. As qantas FF and based upon ALL past experience i expected an allownace of 25 kgs to be included. I had NO luggage allwoance. I was charged apprx 400 AUD $ for a 22.8kg bag. I asked to redress thsi for the retrun trip and have since discovered that the details have NOT been updated despite paying! So now I need to call Jetstar and worknthrough the issue."
Cons: "I was not not noticeably propmoted about luggae allowances or onboard food ent and beverage costs which ultimately added 55% to the ticket cost, so a reasobale priced tocket ended up an expensive one."
Pros: "Nothing, because I didn't have had any food."
Cons: "Nothing, Because I didn't have had any food."
Pros: "My seat 12F...."
Pros: "We got everything we paid for"
Cons: "Some of the cabin crew including the manager need to lighten up and smile occasionally"
Cons: "Walk from gate 49 to closest exit doors 1.9km, no travellators. Are you kidding me? Never again."
Pros: "Did not order any food, so there were no surprise charges."
Cons: "Beware, they charge $15 per kilogram for over weight luggage."
Pros: "Take off and landing was very smooth. Great staff"
Pros: "I wish all airlines were as professional and prompt."
Pros: "Nice staff and very clean planes."
Cons: "Just stay away from this airline. One of the worst in the world. Don't care about their customers at all."
Pros: "The plane was relatively new."
Cons: "Boarding was late. Food selection was poor Entertainment choices were slim And obviously charging for luggage and food sucks."
Pros: "nothing good to say. Would have rather taken a different airline with a longer connecting route rather than direct with jet star."
Cons: "Payed $90 online to choose my seat, but was denied it at boarding, no refund. the cabin is freezing cold and they make you pay $10 for the little blanket, but actually they deny it to you on board if you didn't pay online (I laughed out loud because that is total nonsense). they charge $4 for the coffee... No big deal. But besides those little details, it's an overall unpleasant experience and even a bit sinister they way they cut corners. They seem to be cutting corners on safety with their taxiway and parking procedures much like Ryanair. I was swiftly reprimanded for taking some perfectly innocent photos of the plane (like every holiday goer does), because the pilot didn't want any 'trouble'. Whatever the reason for that immediately defensive reaction, it's not a good sign. jetstar has a bad record of safety as we all know."
Cons: "Crew , baggage price , food"
Pros: "On time flight"
Pros: "Crew really weighted in carry on luggages"
Cons: "They let me through although mine combined up to 8 Kg"
Cons: "Flight was delayed by 35mins. Seats very crowded, we all had to get out of our seats to let the window passenger in and out. No screens on seat backs, lucky I had my iPad and could listen to podcasts in the 3+hr flight."
Pros: "Awesome lady at check in."
Cons: "Just disappointing to need to pay for a cup of coffee. This is just too cheap to feel good about."
Pros: "Crew were fine"
Cons: "Kids were literally using my seat as a jungle gym. Staff should have controlled kids"
Cons: "it delay too late at night. Others services were very good"
Pros: "The check-in woman was a gem! Due to Australia's strict carry-on policy - one item, period - I had to repack my luggage, which contained a fragie printer that had been in my carry-on when I could have it AND a computer bag. The Jet Star allowed two checked pieces, and the agent gave me all the time I needed to make the changes. She then marked the bag fragile, and sent me to the oversize/fragile bay with it. It arrived in PNG rattled, but working normally.The woman was a peach!"
Pros: "Quick and efficient. Crew was great."
Pros: "Quick travel."
Cons: "Plane was very uncomfortable and hot."
Airlines flying from Coolangatta to Cairns have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Coolangatta to Cairns
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Coolangatta to Cairns
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Coolangatta to Cairns
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Coolangatta to Cairns
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