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QantasLink Announces Capacity Increase For Queensland

Brisbane, 31 July 2007

QantasLink today announced increases to its Queensland services that will deliver more than 20 extra flights and 1500 additional seats per week from October 2007.

Qantas Group General Manager Regional Airlines Narendra Kumar said the additional seats and services would provide a boost to Queensland's tourism and resource industries as well as strengthening links between regional communities and Brisbane.

"QantasLink makes a significant contribution to the Queensland and regional economies, currently operating over 1000 flights per week to 19 cities and towns across the State.

"QantasLink will primarily use its Dash 8 Q400 and Q300 aircraft to increase frequency and capacity on a number of key regional Queensland routes," he said.

From the beginning of October, QantasLink will phase in additional flights between Brisbane and:
* Gladstone - eight new flights per week, or an eight per cent increase in capacity, bringing the total number of weekly services to 87. This includes a new weekday service departing Brisbane at 5.20pm and Gladstone at 6.55pm.
* Hervey Bay - four new flights per week, including an upgrade of three key services per week to larger 50 seat Dash 8 Q300 aircraft, representing a 17 per cent increase in capacity and bringing the total number of weekly services to 40.
* Roma/Charleville - three new flights per week, or a 21 per cent increase in capacity, bringing the total number of weekly services to 26. This includes direct services to Roma and also Charleville on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
* Emerald - six new flights per week, or a 14 per cent increase in capacity and increased frequency on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, bringing the total number of weekly services to 50.
* Biloela/Blackwater - two new flights per week, representing an 11 per cent increase in capacity and bringing the total number of flights to 22.

In addition, QantasLink will upgrade weekday peak period flights between Brisbane and Bundaberg to a 72 seat Dash 8 Q400 aircraft, and a Saturday service to a 50 seat Dash 8 Q300 aircraft, resulting in a seven per cent increase in capacity on the route.

The larger and faster Q400 aircraft will also be introduced on the Longreach route on weekend services, representing a 17 per cent increase in capacity.

Mr Kumar said that all the new services would be in place by 29 October, 2007.

"With QantasLink flying more frequently between Brisbane and a range of Queensland destinations, we will offer a more comprehensive schedule that can better accommodate the needs of business and leisure travellers," he said.

QantasLink currently operates around 2,000 flights each week, serving 49 metropolitan and regional destinations throughout Australia.

*Q400 Bundaberg and Longreach services subject to CASA approval.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (Q360)
Email: qantasmedia@qantas.com.au