Qantas to Operate Second Relief Flight to Thailand

Sydney, 01 December 2008

Qantas said today it would operate a second relief flight between Phuket and Singapore early Wednesday 3 December.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Alan Joyce, said the airline would operate its first special relief flight, also between Phuket and Singapore, tonight local time.

"We have been doing everything possible to support our customers and other Australians in Thailand," Mr Joyce said.

"This has included liaising with the Australian Government on what we can do to allow people wishing to leave the country to do so.

"Qantas will operate a special 297-seat A330-300 service tonight between Phuket and Singapore, and a second flight will now operate early Wednesday morning local time.

"Passengers on these flights will be bussed from Bangkok to Phuket and then be booked on first available Qantas and British Airways flights to Australia and the UK.

Mr Joyce said Jetstar would also operate its scheduled Melbourne-Bangkok service tomorrow via Phuket, with passengers bussed between Phuket and Bangkok, and continue to operate its scheduled three-times-a-week Sydney-Phuket services.

"These three special flights will provide around 900 seats out of Thailand," Mr Joyce said.

"We will continue to closely monitor the situation and look at adding more capacity if necessary."

Until further notice, Qantas' scheduled Bangkok services will continue to operate via Singapore.

People wishing to contact Qantas to register for the special services should call:
Bangkok - +66 (0) 2627 1800 or
Australia - +61 (0) 3 9834 6826

People wishing to contact Jetstar should call:
Bangkok - +66 (0) 2267 5125
Australia - 131 538

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3860)