QantasLink today announced an expanded flying schedule covering the key Queensland mining destinations of Emerald, Moranbah and Roma from 18 October 2010.
QantasLink Executive Manager, Mr Narendra Kumar, said the increased capacity was in anticipation
of growing demand from the mining and resource sectors.
“QantasLink is very pleased to be able to support the Queensland economy and in particular cater to
the changing needs of these communities,” he said.
“We have consulted with the mining industry, and have added some ongoing extra capacity and
some peak period capacity which will operate from 18 October-18 December.”
The new flights will add more than 706 seats per week across the three destinations during this
- an increase from 27 to 30 weekly return Brisbane-Emerald services , operating on Sundays,
Mondays and Thursdays, adding 396 seats to the route each week;
- an increase from 15 to 18 weekly return Brisbane-Roma services, operating on Mondays,
Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, adding 216 seats to the route each week; and
- one additional Brisbane-Moranbah return service, increasing the number of return services on the
route each week to 12, adding 94 seats to the route each week.
Mr Kumar added that 28 out of 30 weekly return services on the Brisbane-Emerald route would be
operated by the new 74-seat Q400 aircraft. In addition, 15 of the 18 weekly return Roma services and
11 of 12 weekly Moranbah services would be operated by the 50-seat Q300 aircraft.
QantasLink has invested over $600 million in 21 new Q400 aircraft since 2006 and recently
announced acquisition of seven next-generation Q400 aircraft to commence delivery from early 2011.
These aircraft will operate alongside the airline’s fleet of five Q200, 16 Q300 and 11 B717 aircraft,
currently providing around 2000 flights each week to 54 metropolitan and regional destinations
throughout Australia and to Papua New Guinea.