Qantas Offers Free Travel To Stranded Ansett Passengers

SYDNEY, 01 March 2002

Qantas today confirmed it would carry stranded Ansett customers free of charge when Ansett ceased flying at midnight on Monday.

Qantas Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing, John Borghetti, said the airline was making Economy Class seats available for Ansett ticket-holders on a wide range of flights for travel up until midnight on Monday, 18 March.

"This will enable Ansett passengers who commenced their journey prior to midnight on Monday to return home without incurring any additional cost," he said.

He said Qantas expected to be able to cater for all of Ansett's stranded customers using existing capacity.

Ansett customers wanting to take up the Qantas offer should contact Qantas on 13 13 13 to make a booking, giving details of their original Ansett booking.

Mr Borghetti said the offer was valid for Ansett mainline services, and that passengers booked on regional services - which were still operating normally - should contact the relevant regional airline for advice and assistance.

Mr Borghetti said Qantas recognised that Ansett staff had been through an extraordinarily difficult time since last September.

"We have already employed about 600 former Ansett workers since September including more than 90 maintenance apprentices from Ansett and its subsidiaries. In addition to this, another 400 ex-Ansett staff are in the process of being recruited into a variety of roles.

"We are continuing to look for opportunities to employ former Ansett staff," he said.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2646)