Qantas Group Services for Darwin

DARWIN, 01 March 2006

The Qantas Group today announced changes to its Darwin schedule, including the start of Jetstar services to the Northern Territory from 1 May.

The new schedule will see Qantas and Jetstar operating services to Darwin from both Brisbane and Adelaide and Jetstar replacing Qantas on services to Darwin from Melbourne.

Qantas Executive General Manager John Borghetti said that the new schedule would offer more than 700 additional seats each week plus maintain existing frequencies offered by the Qantas Group.

Under the new Qantas Group schedule starting from 1 May:

* Qantas will operate a daily service between Darwin and Brisbane, while Jetstar will operate a further six weekly return services;
* Qantas will operate a daily service between Darwin and Adelaide, while Jetstar will operate another two services per week; and
* Jetstar will operate six weekly return services each week between Darwin and Melbourne from 1 May, increasing to a daily service from 1 July.

"Darwin is an important market for the Qantas Group and these changes reflect our commitment to providing a sustainable service and better meeting the needs of passengers travelling on these routes," Mr Borghetti said.

"We believe Qantas and Jetstar will offer the right mix of services for Darwin and, with the addition of Jetstar's A320s, there will be a total of 732 extra seats each week."

There will be no change to Qantas' services to Darwin from Sydney, Cairns, Perth and Alice Springs or QantasLink's services from Alice Springs and Cairns via Gove.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (Q3397)