Qantas to Fly Melbourne-Queenstown

Sydney, 03 April 2006

Qantas announced today that it would commence weekly ski season services between Melbourne and Queenstown from 9 July.

Qantas Group General Manager Sales and Distribution, Mr Rob Gurney, said the Melbourne-Queenstown route was a new one for Qantas and that the services would complement existing Qantas flights to Queenstown from Sydney and Brisbane.

"These additional services reflect the increasing popularity of Queenstown and its surrounding ski fields for Australian tourists," Mr Gurney said.

"Qantas has served Queenstown since 2002 when we began weekly ski season services from both Sydney and Brisbane. Our flights from Sydney were expanded to three times a week during the ski season in 2005.

"We expect demand from Melbourne to be strong and as such will introduce this weekly seasonal service using our fleet of new two class 168 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

"The new services will increase ski season capacity by 25 per cent for travel between Australia and Queenstown. This will allow more Australians to enjoy all that the destination has to offer and also provide a boost for the Queenstown economy.

The weekly services will operate on Sundays for 12 weeks as follows:

* Melbourne-Queenstown
Depart 7.10am
Arrive 12.15pm
* Queenstown-Melbourne
Depart 1.10pm
Arrive 2.35pm

The Qantas Group currently operates more than 200 flights each week between Australia and New Zealand.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (Q3412)