QantasLink Expands into South Australia

Adelaide, 08 December 2009

QantasLink today announced that it was expanding its network in South Australia with the commencement of an Adelaide-Port Lincoln service from 15 February 2010, subject to regulatory and local Council approval.

QantasLink Executive Manager, Mr Narendra Kumar said the new Adelaide-Port Lincoln service will offer a schedule of 23 return services each week, and be operated by the airline's state-of-the-art new regional aircraft, the 74-seat Bombardier Q400.

"We are very pleased to be able to offer the people of Port Lincoln our premium product, which will not only result in reduced flying time between Port Lincoln and Adelaide in comparison to other aircraft operated on the route, but will enable us to offer 3,400 seats each week between the two markets," he said.

"We will offer four return flights Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, three return flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and double daily flights on both days of the weekend. These services will be timed to provide business travellers an extensive choice of frequency that will enable them to return to Port Lincoln on the same day, or for our Adelaide customers to easily commute between Port Lincoln and the city."

The new South Australian destination will see QantasLink further expand its network and operate under its own banner in South Australia.

QantasLink's expansion into South Australia will bring with it added job opportunities, with the airline opening a cabin crew base in Adelaide to support the growth of any additional services or routes in South Australia.

Mr Kumar also said customers travelling on the new service will enjoy seamless transfers across Qantas' 163 domestic and international destinations, the ability to earn Frequent Flyer points and enjoy Qantas Club Lounge access for members.

QantasLink has invested over $600 million in 21 new Q400 aircraft since 2006. The airline will take delivery of its 18th Q400 aircraft this week, which will operate alongside its fleet of five Q200, 16 Q300 and 11 B717 aircraft, currently providing around 1,800 flights each week to 53 metropolitan and regional destinations throughout Australia.

The addition of the Port Lincoln service will expand QantasLink, Australia's largest regional airline, to 54 destinations across all Australian states and territories.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3989)