Qantas grows to meet Asia-Pacific demand (Extra capacity to New Zealand, Philippines, plus seasonal flights to Bali)
Qantas will offer summer flights to Bali for a second year in a row, part of demand-led capacity increases across the Asia-Pacific region – including Singapore, the Philippines and New Zealand.
The changes are made possible by reductions in domestic capacity – particularly in some regional resources markets – that free up flying time within Qantas’ Boeing 737 fleet.
Qantas’ seasonal Bali flights will operate between Sydney and Denpasar five times a week from 14 December 2016 to 5 February 2017 – giving travellers headed to one of Australia’s favourite destinations a premium travel option and complementing Jetstar’s extensive network into the Indonesian island.
Other seasonal capacity increases to South-East Asia include:
• Flights between Perth and Singapore will go from 10 to 14 per week between 12 December and 6 February.
• Flights between Sydney and Manila will go from five to six per week between 15 December and 19 January.
Qantas will increase capacity to Christchurch to support growing trans-Tasman demand and better link New Zealand to the Qantas Group’s broader global network. Specifically:
• Flights between Brisbane and Christchurch services will grow from three per week to daily from 30 October, timed to connect to Qantas’ Asian and US network via Brisbane.
• A new daily Melbourne-Christchurch service will begin from 4 December, timed to connect with onward flights to Dubai, London and a wide range of European destinations.
Papua New Guinea
Qantas’ Papua New Guinea flights will shift from Cairns-Port Moresby to Brisbane-Port Moresby from 30 October, in order to better serve the business market. The route will operate daily, using a B737 rather than the 74-seat Bombardier Q400 that currently operates twice-daily out of Cairns. Qantas and Air Niugini have agreed to continue codesharing across all Australia-PNG routes, subject to regulatory approval.
The 174-seat B737 aircraft scheduled to operate the extra international flights will be re-deployed from the Qantas Domestic fleet, as Qantas uses two-class, 110-seat B717 aircraft to match capacity with lower demand on the Adelaide-Brisbane, Brisbane-Townsville and Brisbane-Mt Isa routes. Qantas’ B717 fleet will also be used to operate a new seasonal Melbourne-Maroochydore service over December and January.
Tickets for most routes has been on sale, with the new Port Moresby service to follow in coming weeks.