Qantas Boosts Perth Capacity

PERTH, 12 March 2002

Qantas today announced a major increase in its Perth capacity from April, offering around 8,800 additional seats each week on new flights between Perth and Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Qantas Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing John Borghetti said Qantas would:

* Add a new daily Perth-Brisbane return service, doubling capacity to bring total services on the route to 14 per week using 737 aircraft;

* Add a new daily Perth-Sydney return service, boosting the airline's Perth-Sydney operation by 20 per cent to offer more than 40 return flights each week on the route; and

* Add a new daily Perth-Melbourne return service, increasing capacity by 21 per cent and taking the number of return services offered on the route each week to 50.

Mr Borghetti said Qantas had added substantial capacity in Western Australia since September last year, including new regional services to Port Hedland and Newman, and 737 operations dedicated to services between Perth and Broome, Kalgoorlie and Karratha.

"This latest schedule change is aimed at making even more seats available into Perth to serve the tourism and business markets.

"We will continue to meet market demand and maintain the availability of discount fares," Mr Borghetti said.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2657)