QantasLink Adds More Services to Horn Island

Brisbane, 14 March 2007

QantasLink announced today that it would add four weekly services between Cairns and Horn Island from 25 March 2007, bringing the total number of seats on the route to approximately 75,000 per annum.

Qantas Group General Manager Regional Airlines, Mr Narendra Kumar, said the airline would now operate 34 services per week, providing a capacity increase of approximately 10 per cent, or an additional 122 seats each week on the route.

Mr Kumar said another benefit of the changes would include an additional Weipa to Horn Island service on Tuesdays.

"QantasLink is strongly committed to its operation in both Cairns and Horn Island. We are pleased to provide extra capacity and additional travel opportunities for local people and also further support local tourism and business," Mr Kumar said.

Mr Kumar said the additional services would operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a new schedule offering customers the choice of a day return trip to Horn Island on Tuesdays.

The additional Tuesday service will depart Cairns at 3.20pm, and the return sector will leave Horn Island at 6.20pm. The extra Thursday service will depart Cairns at 10.05am and the return sector will leave Horn Island at 12.30pm.

"In July 2007, QantasLink will celebrate 15 years of service between Cairns and Horn Island, and this latest upgrade of services confirms our strong commitment to far North Queensland operations," Mr Kumar said.

"Customers on QantasLink services have access to seamless transfers onto other Qantas and QantasLink flights, and are able to earn and redeem Qantas Points," he said.

QantasLink currently operates around 2,000 flights each week, serving 49 metropolitan and regional destinations throughout Australia.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3545)