QantasLink Ready to Launch Exmouth, WA Services

Perth, 02 February 2011

QantasLink today released its schedule and an introductory, all inclusive one way fare of $99, for its new Perth-Exmouth services commencing on 30 March.

The new services, to be operated by 115-seat Boeing 717 jet aircraft three-times-a-week, were announced on 18 January, when the Western Australia Government confirmed the route was being opened up to a second operator.

Qantas Regional General Manager Western Australia and Northern Territory, Mr Ian Gay, said the new services had been welcomed across the government, community, business, tourism, mining and energy sectors.

"Qantas and QantasLink recently announced the significant expansion of their full service operations across much of Western Australia," Mr Gay said.

"Central to this was the launch of a new route linking Perth and Exmouth and we are excited to now be able to confirm the details of our operation and support for yet another of Western Australia's great tourism destinations in the Coral Coast.

"We look forward to these services being strongly supported by the Exmouth community and local tourism and business operators."

QantasLink's B717 Perth-Learmonth schedule will be:
* Wednesdays - depart Perth 10.30am and depart Exmouth 12.50pm
* Fridays and Sundays - depart Perth 9.50am and depart Exmouth at 12.10pm

QantasLink's introductory one way, all inclusive fare of $99 will be available for sale 2-9 February for travel 30 March-20 April and 10 May-7 July 2011. One way all inclusive fares to Exmouth starting from $199 will also be available from other capital cities. Year round lead in fares from Perth will otherwise be priced from $149 one way.

The addition of Exmouth will grow the Qantas Group's Western Australia network to nine destinations.

From 27 March, Qantas will also grow its WA regional operations, adding nearly 7,000 seats per week between Perth and Broome, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Newman, Paraburdoo and Port Hedland.

Perth-Melbourne capacity will also be increased from 17 April, with more than 2,000 seats to be added via four extra new services per week, including three operated by A330-300 aircraft.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (5069)