Qantas today announced plans to
increase domestic capacity, including capacity on Qantas’s budget carrier
Jetstar. The increase will add an additional 65 return services for Qantas and
an additional 120 return services for Jetstar.
Of special note were the increased
services into Broome Western Australia and Sydney to Perth. These new services
will come about with additional Boeing 767-300 Airbus A330-300 and Boeing
The full media release from Qantas
can be read below:
QANTAS GROUP ANNOUNCES INCREASE
IN DOMESTIC CAPACITY
SYDNEY, 25 August 2010: The Qantas Group today announced
plans to increase capacity across its domestic route network by 9.6 per cent,
including a number of new routes for both Qantas and Jetstar.
Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said over the next nine months the Group would increase capacity
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
“We are seeing
improved demand domestically and the introduction of these additional services
and aircraft will see the Qantas Group well placed to meet this demand,” he said.
“The changes will
see around 65 additional return services for Qantas and around 120 return
services for Jetstar introduced across selected routes.
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.”
Mr Joyce said an A330-300 will be added from
January with a further five B737-800s being progressively added to the domestic
network from March 2011.
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 Perth.
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 per
cent in this financial year,” Mr
“Last week Jetstar
announced new services in Perth and Launceston and today detailed additional
services to Cairns – an important tourism destination.
“With Qantas and
Jetstar, the Qantas Group has two strong and complementary brands to ensure we
are able to respond to opportunities and changing market conditions.
“Qantas and Jetstar now jointly
operate on over 20 routes across Australia, including the high traffic Sydney
to Melbourne route”.