Qantas today announced that it will add more seats and frequencies across its Queensland network to meet growing demand for business and holiday travel.

From 31 March 2019, the national carrier will boost capacity on key routes in Queensland offering more than 2600 additional seats per week compared with the same time this year.

  • Eleven additional return flights will be added each week between Brisbane and Cairns.
  • Qantas will extend the use of larger Airbus A330s on selected flights from Cairns to Sydney and Melbourne. These aircraft offer 28 premium business seats.
  • Weekday flights between Sydney and Sunshine Coast will increase from daily to double daily, with the total weekly return flights increasing from 8 to 13.
  • Weekday flights between Brisbane and Mount Isa to return to a double-daily service in response to community feedback, operated by QantasLink’s 125-seat Boeing 717 aircraft, increasing the weekly return services from 9 to 13.
  • Six additional return flights between Brisbane and Townsville per week.

Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David said the changes were designed to create more options for the growing number of travellers visiting key destinations in Queensland.

“We’ve responded to feedback from customers, industry and community leaders by adding more flights and offering more choice on the routes where we know customers want to travel,” said Mr David.

From 31 March 2019, QantasLink will also resume daily flights between Cairns and Port Moresby, a route it had operated until 2016. The service, which is operated by a 74-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft, will complement Qantas’ existing services between Brisbane and Port Moresby.

Mr David said the return of direct Cairns-Port Moresby flights would offer more options for the growing number of customers travelling between Queensland and Papua New Guinea.

“We know there is strong demand for a direct flight to Port Moresby from the Cairns business community. This is also great news for tourism, making it easier for travellers to enjoy a getaway in Cairns,” said Mr David.

Fares are available from today.

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