Qantas to Increase Canberra Services

Canberra, 20 December 2007

Qantas said today it would introduce additional services between Sydney-Canberra and Melbourne-Canberra from March 2008.

Qantas Regional General Manager ACT, Allan Williams, said the airline would add fifteen extra return services per week between Sydney and Canberra, bringing the number of return services it offers between the two cities to 157 per week, including 48 jet services.

Qantas will also add 11 extra return services per week between Melbourne and Canberra in March, plus add an extra four return services between the two cities beginning in June 2008. The additional services would take the number of return services between Melbourne and Canberra to 89 services per week, including 65 jet services from July 2008.

Mr Williams said the extra services from both Melbourne and Sydney would use 140-seat Boeing 737-400 aircraft.

"Qantas has expanded its services to Canberra significantly, including recently adding six extra return services per week between Brisbane and Canberra."

Mr Williams said Qantas had also improved the timetable of its Canberra-Perth services. All but one of these daily services now operated as daytime flights, which was a more popular option for business customers.

The increase in services comes shortly after Qantas announced it would undertake a $10 million improvement program at Canberra Airport to offer customers improved facilities, he said.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3706)