The Qantas Group is planning to increase
capacity across its domestic route network by 9.6%, including a
number of new routes for both Qantas and Jetstar.
Group capacity is expected to increase by more
than 66,000 seats per week once fully implemented, with the
addition of new aircraft to the domestic fleet and in response to
the recovering domestic market.
“The changes will see around 65 additional return services for
Qantas and around 120 return services for Jetstar introduced
across selected routes,” said Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce. “Seven additional aircraft will be
deployed on the Qantas domestic network this financial year. In
July 2010, we added a B767-300 to grow routes including the key
east – west market of Sydney to Perth.”
Airbus A330-200 will be added from January with a further five Boeing 737-800s
being progressively added to the domestic network from March 2011.
“These aircraft will be deployed on a variety of growth
markets, including the east coast, east – west and intra WA
markets,” Mr Joyce said.
Qantas will commence direct
Brisbane-Broome services next year, resulting in Broome becoming
the third destination behind Perth and Karratha that Queensland
passengers can fly to direct from Brisbane. The new services will
be seasonal, operating from April-October, to coincide with the
Broome dry season.
This new service will join
Broome-Melbourne and Broome-Sydney services, resulting in
passengers from the popular tourist destination being able to fly
direct from Broome to three east-coast destinations, as well as
Mr Joyce said Jetstar would also add new routes and
increase services to key leisure destinations across Australia.
“Jetstar plans to increase Australian domestic capacity by up
to 30% in this financial year,” Mr Joyce said.
“Last week Jetstar announced new services in Perth and Launceston
and has detailed additional services to Cairns – an important
tourism destination ... Qantas and Jetstar now jointly operate on over 20 routes
across Australia, including the high traffic Sydney to Melbourne
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