Qantas/Qantaslink have announced that they
plan to resume flights into and out of Rockhampton following the Queensland
floods, with the local airport opening on the 24 January 2011.
The first flight into Rockhampton will be
QF2362 that is scheduled to arrive at 8:00 am, on a larger 74 seat Q400.
Initial flights will only operate during
daylight hours due to runway restriction however night time flights are
expected to resume from 26 January 2011
The full media release from Qantas/Qantaslink
can be read below:
QANTASLINK TO RESUME ROCKHAMPTON FLYING
Brisbane, 22 January 2011: QantasLink announced today it would resume
services into and out of
Rockhampton when the local airport reopened next Monday 24 January.
QantasLink Executive Manager,
Mr Narendra Kumar, said the airline suspended operations to
Rockhampton when the airport
closed to all airlines on 1 January.
“The aftermath of Queensland’s
devastating floods will be felt by the state for many weeks and months to come,” Mr
“The disaster has reinforced
the importance of strong air links to regional communities, and
QantasLink has been able to
maintain services across its Queensland network, with the exception of Rockhampton.
“This has included adding more
than 350 supplementary services since 29 December, and providing extra seats on
some routes using larger aircraft, “
Based on the careful assessment of Rockhampton Regional Council, as well
as our own people, we will resume services linking Rockhampton to Brisbane,
Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay and Townsville from first flight, QF2362 between
Brisbane and Rockhampton, scheduled to arrive at 8.00am, on 24 January.
“Flights will initially be
limited to daytime hours due to runway limitations. This will mean a reduced schedule
over two days, however we will operate our larger and faster 74-seat Q400
aircraft on all sectors to provide as many seats as possible.
“Night time operations are
scheduled to resume on 26 January, with a full schedule of mainly Q400 flights
to be in place from 31 January.”
QantasLink will then operate (per week):
46 return flights between Rockhampton and Brisbane;
9 return flights between Rockhampton and Brisbane via Gladstone; and
14 return flights per week from Rockhampton north to Mackay, Townsville
Mr Kumar said QantasLink remained strongly committed to its Queensland
operations that cover 21 destinations.
“The Qantas Group, employees
and customers have also pledged their support for people and communities
affected by the floods,” he said.
“In addition to an initial donation of $500,000 to the Premiers Disaster
Relief Appeal, Qantas expects to donate a further $500,000 following the
special Australia v England cricket match in Brisbane on 30 January.
“Both Qantas and QantasLink have assisted flood affected communities and
offered fare waivers to those needing to defer or cancel their travel.
“Our offer of assistance to
the Queensland and Federal Governments, and emergency services also remains
open throughout the recovery period.”