Qantas to Upgrade Canberra Domestic Terminal

Sydney, 06 December 2007

Qantas announced today it would undertake a $10 million program of improvements to its domestic terminal at Canberra Airport to commence in February 2008.

Qantas Executive General Manager Services, Curtis Davies, said the changes would provide enhanced facilities for passengers, aircraft and baggage services in the period leading up to the completion of new Multi User Terminal facilities.

The improvements at Qantas' Canberra terminal include:
* expanded check-in facilities;
* installation of an additional security lane, providing extra space for periods of peak demand;
* expansion of the baggage system to provide added capacity, improved access and quicker delivery times;
* installation of an additional aerobridge allowing greater capacity during periods of peak demand.

Mr Davies said Qantas would also expand and upgrade the Qantas Club and open a new dedicated business lounge in late 2008.

"The new lounge will offer a more spacious layout, more private seating arrangements, social areas, enhanced food and business services, work suites, complimentary wireless internet and shower facilities."

Mr Davies said Qantas had entered into a long-term arrangement with Canberra International Airport to participate in the development of the Multi User Terminal. Qantas would be the largest airline to operate from the Multi User Terminal.

"The new Multi User Terminal, and its state-of-the-art facilities, would give Qantas access to additional check-in counters, aerobridges and gate lounges, improved baggage facilities and new and larger lounges," Mr Davies said.

Mr Davies said having a state-of-the-art terminal and facilities including baggage system and aerobridges would help underpin Qantas' continued growth in the Canberra market.

"Canberra has experienced strong domestic passenger growth for a number of years which has placed pressure on the airport's infrastructure. The Multi User Terminal will provide a sustainable long-term solution for the airport."

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (Q3700)