Qantas to Increase Services in the Northern Territory

Sydney, 24 July 2007

Qantas today announced a revised Northern Territory schedule from October 2007, providing additional frequency, increased capacity and increased employment in the Territory.

Under the new schedule, Qantas will:

* extend the seasonal, daytime return B737 service between Sydney and Darwin to year round at a minimum frequency of three times per week, with more services during the high season;

* operate four additional return B737 flights per week to Alice Springs from the East Coast during the high season - an increase of almost 700 seats a week;

* move to an all-B717 operation on Darwin-Alice Springs, and Cairns-Ayers Rock services, increasing frequencies on both routes during the high season from 14 to 17 per week; and

* move to an all B717 operation between Cairns and Darwin, increasing frequencies on the route by four per week during the high season and two per week during the low season.

Qantas Regional General Manager Northern Territory, John Cason, said total flights to Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and Darwin would increase by 14 per week - from 139 to 153 - in the high season, and eight per week - from 135 to 143 - in the low season.

"Qantas will provide more services and more seats to support peak season demand," Mr Cason said.

"For example, during the high season, we will increase frequencies to Alice Springs by 12 per cent, to Ayers Rock by seven per cent and to Darwin by 11 per cent."

Mr Cason said Qantas would base an additional B717 aircraft in Darwin, adding 30 new jobs in the Northern Territory - including pilots, cabin crew and engineers.

"The increase in engineers in Darwin and Alice Springs and investment in greater spares support in each location will considerably strengthen the operational performance of the B7117 fleet," he said.

Mr Cason said the revised schedule gave Qantas greater flexibility to add services in response to changes in market demand.

"With this new mix of aircraft on our Northern Territory services, Qantas will offer the right capacity to suit seasonal demand, and the right product for the mix of business and leisure traffic on a market-by-market basis.

Note: References to High season travel cover the period from June to October. Qantas retains the capacity to increase services either side of this period based on market demand.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (Q3623)