Qantas Adds Capacity for World Youth Day

Sydney, 27 September 2007

Qantas today announced it would operate additional services to bring international visitors to Australia for World Youth Day in July 2008.

The Executive General Manager of Qantas, Mr John Borghetti, said the airline would operate four additional services to Australia to bring pilgrims to the event - three from Rome and one from Los Angeles.

"Qantas is a major sponsor of World Youth Day and we have already seen a large number of advance bookings from overseas for this important event," Mr Borghetti said

"There is demand from pilgrims to attend World Youth Day across the Qantas network, but it is particularly strong from Italy and the USA.

"These extra flights, which will see Qantas return to Rome for the first time since 2003, will allow us to meet this demand and offer World Youth Day pilgrims a direct return service from Italy to Sydney.

The pilgrim flights operate from Rome on 5, 8 and 12 July, returning to Rome on 21, 25 and 28 July, and from Los Angeles on 9 July 2008, with the return journey operating on 23 July.

Mr Borghetti said there were opportunities for customers to purchase tickets on the positioning flights for these services, which would operate on:

* Sydney to Rome 4, 7, 11 July 2008
* Sydney to Los Angeles on 9 July 2008
* Rome to Sydney on 22, 26 and 29 July 2008
* Los Angeles to Sydney on 23 July

Mr Borghetti said Qantas would continue to monitor demand and would look at adding further capacity if needed.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (Q3657)