Qantas Update On Bali - Monday

Sydney, 14 October 2002

In response to media inquiries on the evacuation of Australians from Bali, Qantas said the airline:

* Had carried more than 1,500 people from Bali to Sydney today, with 1,352 people accommodated on four special Qantas flights - two 767s and two 747s - and a further 222 on the airline's scheduled 767 service;

* Would carry a further 130 passengers on a fifth special flight, from Denpasar to Perth, that will arrive at 0520 tomorrow (Perth time);

* Had scheduled a sixth special flight, QF 8030, departing Denpasar at 1415 tomorrow and arriving in Sydney at 2140;

* Will operate its normal scheduled services on Tuesday, arriving in Darwin at 0430 and Sydney at 0755;

* Sent two of its own doctors and three nurses to Denpasar - where they remain - to provide medical assistance on the ground;

* Carried 16 medical specialists from Emergency Management Australia, who are travelling on Qantas services to Australia to administer medical attention to passengers in need;

* Had waived all conditions on tickets to Australia from Bali;

* Was carrying all airline customers with tickets from Denpasar to Australia at no additional charge;

* Had waived cancellation fees and offered refunds on air fares and Qantas Holidays packages for those yet to travel who wanted to change their Bali holiday plans;

* Introduced a special compassionate return air fare to Bali for family and friends of affected people, priced at $A399 from Perth and Darwin, and $A499 from the east coast; and

* Would add additional services if and when required.

For further information on Australians in Bali and current travel advisories, members of the public are advised to refer to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's website at

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2803a)