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Qantas Adds Extra Queenstown Service

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QANTAS ADDS EXTRA QUEENSTOWN SERVICE

AUCKLAND, 17 November 2009: Qantas today announced that it would commence a third year-round Queenstown-Sydney service to commence 21 February 2010.

Qantas Regional General Manager New Zealand Grant Lilly, said the airline was pleased to offer more international services, particularly on the popular leisure route of Queenstown-Sydney which would create further inbound tourism opportunities for Queenstown – one of New Zealand’s most popular leisure tourism destinations.

“We currently have extra capacity on the Queenstown-Sydney route during the peak summer and winter seasons which complements our existing two year-round services between these two markets,” he said.

“New Zealand, and Queenstown in particular, remains a very important market for Qantas, and we have seen demand increase to a level on our existing Queenstown-Sydney services that we can now offer customers a third year-round service.”

Mr Lilly said the new service would operate on Sundays, to provide an extra weekend service to the current schedule which operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

He also added that the new service was in addition to a number of capacity increases on Qantas trans- Tasman routes which in the last five months has seen an extra daily service added to the Auckland-Sydney and Auckland-Melbourne schedule.

“Qantas operates five daily Auckland-Sydney services and three daily Auckland-Melbourne services. We also operate double daily Auckland-Brisbane services and daily services from Wellington to Melbourne and Sydney to ensure we offer business customers a wide choice of frequency.

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“We will now be able to offer our leisure customers this frequency across the Tasman with our third Queenstown service. We are certain that these additional services will open opportunities for increased tourism between Queenstown and Australian markets.”

Mr Lilly said the Qantas Group, combining Qantas and Jetstar, has a very strong two-brand growth strategy for the New Zealand market which is designed to offer customers increased choice, flexibility and destinations, including onward connecting destinations across the Qantas Group network, than ever before.

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