Sydney Spirit answers Tasmanian fly-drive challenge

January 19, 2005

A new fare structure on the Sydney to Devonport Spirit of Tasmania 111 makes cruising to Tasmania with your vehicle cheaper than flying and hiring a car, Chief Executive Peter Simmons says.

 Spirit of Tasmania 111 “The market place has changed dramatically in the last year, with a key factor being more competitive air pricing, to which we need to respond,” he said from Devonport. The company has opened sailings to December 2005.

The change to the Sydney fare structure, effective 26 January, is a result of extensive consumer research to make the Sydney – Tasmania service more competitive.

“As of January 26, 2005, passengers will enjoy significant savings. Fares will start from $180 one-way and an inside twin cabin will start at $300 per person twin-share”, he said.

“This represents a $165 saving from a full fare. Fares will still include a gourmet dinner and brunch. This means a couple travelling with their standard car will save a total of $570 on the return fare,” he said.

“Standard passenger vehicles will be $55 one-way all year round, which is great added value for passengers compared with hire cost charges,” Mr Simmons said. The company has also further reduced fares for pensioners and senior card holders. Passengers already booked on the Sydney service from 26 January, 2005 onwards will automatically have the new cheaper fares applied to their booking. A Spirit of Tasmania consultant or travel agent will contact these customers.

Since commencing service on 13 January, 2004, Spirit of Tasmania III has carried over 66,000 passengers, 30,000 passenger vehicles and 4,500 freight units. Spirit of Tasmania can be contacted on 13 20 10. See Travel and Towing Tips in forums.