QantasLink adds more capacity to Rockhampton, Emerald and Bundaberg

BRISBANE, 22 September 2004

QantasLink will operate additional services to Rockhampton and Emerald and increase the number of seats to Bundaberg from Brisbane with the arrival of the airline's latest 50-seater Dash 8 Q300 aircraft from mid-December.

Executive General Manager Regional Airlines, Narendra Kumar, said the new schedule would allow corporate travellers from Rockhampton to spend a full day in Brisbane.

The flight will depart Rockhampton at 6.45am, with the return service departing Brisbane at 6.30pm.

"In addition, a new morning service departing from Brisbane at 8.40am will provide travellers from southern states with seamless connections to Rockhampton," Mr Kumar said.

The improved QantasLink schedule includes:

* two new daily return Brisbane-Rockhampton services, bringing the total number of QantasLink non-stop services on the route to 57 per week;

* an additional return service between Brisbane and Emerald operating every day except Sunday, bringing the total number of services on the route to 48 per week, effective late January 2005; and

* the use of the new 50-seater aircraft on key afternoon Brisbane-Bundaberg services, representing a 10 per cent increase in seats over 51 services each week.

Mr Kumar said airline representatives regularly met with Municipal Councils and Chambers of Commerce in each of the ports that QantasLink operated, and that the additional frequency and capacity was a result of consultation with local communities.

"In 2003, QantasLink ordered 10 new Dash 8 Q300 and this is the final aircraft to be delivered from that order.

"We continue to invest in our fleet to ensure we have the best aircraft to meet the needs of our customers in regional Australia," he said.

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