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WELLCAMP SECURES MORE SYDNEY SEATS

06 May 2015

Locals will have the chance to enjoy a weekend in the big smoke with QantasLink announcing two additional weekly return services Sydney today.

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport general manager Mr Phil Gregory said the extra 20 percent capacity was further indication of QantasLink’s confidence in the region.

“We have received overwhelming support from the community since the first official QantasLink flight out of Australia’s newest airport on November 17 last year.

“That said, locals need to support all of the service into Sydney which in turn will help put us a step closer to securing the direct route to Melbourne that is high on everyone’s priority list,” said Mr Gregory.

He said negotiations were also continuing with QantasLink for other routes.

Mr Gregory said the existing Sydney services into Wellcamp were largely supported by the business travel market but additional weekend services would help support the continued growth of the Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) market.

“Locals will now be able to fly to Sydney for a weekend, see a show, climb the harbor bridge, and take in the sights of the icon city.

“Sydneysiders will also now have the chance to enjoy a weekend in our region, which hosts some nationally-significant events like the Carnival of Flowers and the Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears.

“We expect the new services will continue to drive tourism numbers but also help further facilitate business travel to and from the region,” he said.

QantasLink Chief Executive Officer John Gissing said the additional flights were a clear signal of the confidence the airline had in the region.

“Demand has been strong on the Wellcamp-Sydney route, and a lot of our customers have been telling us they want additional flights over the weekends. We’ve listened to our customers and have been able to work the schedule to put on these additional flights. We’re very happy with the way the route is performing.”

TSBE CEO Shane Charles said the business community welcomed the additional services.

“We have valued the connectivity the QantasLink flights have given us, not just with Sydney but the rest of the world,” said Mr Charles.

Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce president Mr Andrew Wielandt

said in addition to the ongoing boost to business connections, the new services would provide great ‘play and stay’ opportunities for both inbound and outbound markets.

“The airport has already had a significant economic impact on our region and if we support these additional flights it will be a great case for further direct services to other destinations,” said Mr Wielandt.

The new services equate to an additional 296 seats a week with a total of 1924 QantasLink seats offered weekly.      

QantasLink will operate the following flights, in addition to its existing schedule:

o   WTB-SYD, 7pm on Fridays

o   SYD-WTB, 6.35am on Saturdays

o   SYD-WTB, 1.05pm on Sundays

o   WTB-SYD, 3.10pm on Sundays

 

Note: In addition, QantasLink will also change the times of two current flights, based on customer feedback:

  • Friday SYD-WTB will now depart at 4.55pm instead of 5.55pm
  • Saturday WTB-SYD will now depart at 8.35am instead of 7.30am

 

For further details:

Karen McKinley

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport Media and Communications consultants

Tel: 0416 121 777

wellcamp.com.au and qantas.com.au

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