Queenstown Year-Round With Qantas

Sydney, 12 July 2005

Qantas announced today that it would add Queenstown to its year-round route network from 1 October 2005.

Qantas currently operates services to Queenstown from Sydney and Brisbane during the ski season.

The Executive General Manager of Qantas, Mr John Borghetti, said the start of the new weekly Queenstown service, operating from Sydney on Saturdays, would coincide with the end of the region’s ski season.

"Our ski season flights from Sydney and Brisbane have been increasingly popular since they were first introduced.

"The decision to extend the Sydney-Queenstown service to a permanent operation reflects the growing attraction of Queenstown as a year-round holiday destination for Australians," he said.

Mr Borghetti said Qantas would operate two-class Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the route, accommodating up to 150 return passengers a week.

"New Zealand is a very important market for Qantas, and we are continually exploring ways of maximising opportunities for growth in the region.

"This new Queenstown service is a good example of how Qantas has tailored its services to accommodate new tourism markets for New Zealand.

"Another example is the new non-stop route between Adelaide and Auckland we introduced in December 2004, with three Qantas 737-800 services a week providing the only direct link between the two cities," Mr Borghetti said.

Qantas currently operates more than 200 flights per week between Australia and New Zealand, including non-stop services connecting the gateway Australian cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, with Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and between Auckland and Adelaide.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3295)