The Australian government is today expected to announce a $1.2 billion package to get more Australians booking flights on domestic holidays and spending money in regions badly hit by the pandemic. It’s also hoping to help the local tourism industry, which will come off Jobkeeper at the end of this month.

The cheap fares will be available between April 1 and July 31 for travel to 13 designated regions: the Gold Coast, Cairns, the Mackay and Whitsunday region (including Proserpine and Hamilton Island), the Sunshine Coast, Darwin, Adelaide, the Lasseter region and Alice Springs, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, Broome, Avalon, Merimbula and Kangaroo Island.

There will be 800,000 tickets and the number for each region will be demand driven. It’s anticipated that about 46,000 discounted fares will be offered each week for 17 weeks, and a return ticket will count as two discounted fares, the government said.

While exact costs haven’t yet been announced, it’s believed the tickets will be half-price, with a flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast going for about $60, according to the ABC.

Further details should be announced today.