Qantas Announces More Flexible Domestic Fares

SYDNEY, 14 April 2003

Qantas is overhauling its domestic air fares, with a new structure for sale from 29 April 2003 for travel from 1 July 2003.

Qantas Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing John Borghetti said the new fares would provide greater choice and more flexibility for customers.

The new range offers:

* one way fares that can be mixed and matched in any combination;* the ability to make itinerary changes right up to the day before travel for all fares, and right up to departure for flexible fares; * the end of 'minimum stay'and 'Saturday night stay away' restrictions; and* a more user friendly booking environment for both customers and travel agents.

"Our customers have told us that they like the fact that our current fares are priced for value, but that they also want a simpler, more innovative way of managing their travel," Mr Borghetti said.

"These new fares will provide greater flexibility by offering one way fares that can be combined with other fare types to maximise travel options and suit individual travel needs.

"The fares package will also give customers the opportunity to change a booking no matter what type of fare has been purchased - with no charge for many fares, and a $27.50* change fee introduced for heavily discounted fares."

Mr Borghetti said the key feature of the new structure was its simplicity, with the structure streamlined to offer five fare types instead of the current 11:

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2902)