Qantas has just announced that it is expanding
services into Western Australia, this expansion will include a new Perth to
Exmouth service as well as additional Perth to Melbourne services.
The expansion is set to begin from 31 March
when the three times a week Qantaslink service from Perth to Exmouth kicks off.
The full media release from Qantas can be read
QANTAS TO FURTHER EXPAND WESTERN AUSTRALIA
New QantasLink Perth-Exmouth services
Regional WA flying growth
Additional Qantas Perth-Melbourne services
EXMOUTH, 18 January 2011: Qantas today announced the significant
expansion of its full service Western Australia operations, including a new
route linking Perth and Exmouth*.
Qantas Regional General
Manager Western Australia and Northern Territory, Mr Ian Gay, said Qantas
and its regional airline, QantasLink, would have an even stronger presence in
“Across all of its flying
brands, the Qantas Group is the largest airline operating into and within Western
Australia,” Mr Gay said.
“With the Western Australian
Government’s review of regulated routes opening Perth-Exmouth up to a second
licensed operator, QantasLink will commence B717 services, initially
three-times-a-week, from 31 March**.
“This will be a welcome
addition to our operations in the north of the state, providing new air links
for the local community and the business, tourism, mining and energy sectors,
and connecting to the broader Qantas domestic and international networks.
“We also welcome the
Government’s decision to deregulate the Perth-Geraldton route and will now assess
options around a possible future operation to Geraldton.”
With the addition of Exmouth, the Qantas Group’s Western Australia
network will comprise nine destinations.
Mr Gay said Qantas
and QantasLink would also grow capacity on other intra-state routes and between
Perth and Melbourne.
“From 27 March, Qantas will
base an additional B737-800 aircraft in Perth to meet current and future market
demands, adding nearly 7,000 seats per week between Perth and Broome,
Kalgoorlie,Karratha, Newman, Paraburdoo and Port Hedland.
“Qantas will also increase
capacity between Perth and Melbourne by more than 2,000 seats per week by
adding four return services from 17 April, including three operated by A330-300
“Qantas currently operates 45
return services each week on this route. These additional services will grow
frequency by nearly 10 per cent and meet what is clearly increased demand for
travel between Western Australia and Victoria.
“The new services will operate on Mondays,
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The morning Perth-Melbourne sectors will be
timed to provide same day connections from a range of regional destinations,
while the afternoon Melbourne-Perth flights will appeal particularly to the