New Qantas Flights For Alice Springs

ALICE SPRINGS, 15 March 2002

Qantas will introduce new flights between Alice Springs and Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Broome for the peak tourist season.

Qantas Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing John Borghetti said changes to the schedule were the result of extensive discussions with the local tourist industry and the Northern Territory Government.

He said the schedule, to be introduced from 8 June, would include:

* Three new weekly Brisbane-Alice Springs return services;

* Two additional Sydney-Alice Springs return services each week, taking total return services on the route to nine;

* Two Cairns-Alice Springs services per week, taking total services to nine, up from the seven return flights currently offered; and

* Two Broome-Alice Springs services per week, increasing total services on the route to four.

"We are also upgrading one of our daily Sydney-Alice Springs flights from Boeing 737-400, to the new Boeing 737-800 aircraft which provide greater capacity," Mr Borghetti said.

"We believe these changes will provide a great boost for tourism and commerce in what is traditionally a peak travel period to the Centre for both domestic and international tourists.

"Importantly, we are providing this capacity to the Northern Territory from the busy east coast capital cities as well as from the key tourism destinations of Cairns and Broome."

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2661)