Qantas to Provide Flights Home for Australians Caught in Egypt

Melbourne, 02 February 2011

Qantas announced today it would provide Australians travelling on special evacuation charter flights from Cairo to Frankfurt with free onward flights to Australia.

Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said flights would be offered to passengers from either Frankfurt or London to Australia, and will be subject to availability.

"Qantas is working closely with the Australian Government to evacuate Australian citizens from Cairo on special charter flights to Europe," Mr Joyce said

"We are proud to be able to help Australians affected by this crisis return to home to family and friends.

"We will send a team of specialised customer care and airport staff to support passengers on the ground in Cairo and Frankfurt.

Qantas and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials will be on board the Cairo flight to collect relevant contact details for those passengers wishing to register for onward travel to Australia with Qantas.

A number of conditions apply to the free flights, including:
* Passengers must have travelled on the Australian Government's evacuation charter flights from Cairo to Frankfurt;
* All flights are subject to availability although at this stage there is sufficient capacity to take passengers from either Frankfurt or London; and
* Passengers travelling to Australia from London will be required to make their own arrangements for transfer from Frankfurt to London.

The first special evacuation flight for Australian citizens in Egypt, which is being funded by the Australian Government, will be on a 412 seat Qantas Boeing 747 aircraft departing Cairo on Wednesday 2 February at 1600 and arriving in Frankfurt at 1930 (all times are local time).

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (5067)