Qantas returns to OOL

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Re: Qantas returns to OOL

Postby Brandon Giacomin » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:06 pm

Qantas returns with hopes of more flights

THE Gold Coast Airport will today begin negotiations to secure more Qantas flights after the flying kangaroo touched down at Coolangatta for the first time in four years.

The full-service airline yesterday resumed flights to the Gold Coast, symbolising a return of premium travellers and greater connectivity to international flights in and out of Sydney.

Qantas will fly three times a day to and from Sydney -- with yesterday's flights all at capacity -- and there is already speculation on the growth of the service schedule.

It left the Gold Coast in 2008, forcing many of its regular travellers to swap carriers or drive to Brisbane to fly interstate.

"We will be looking at other services and will see what we can dangle in front of Qantas," Gold Coast Airport boss Paul Donovan said.

"When you look at numbers (of people who have already booked Qantas flights), there may be other services that creep in."

Qantas Domestic chief executive Lyell Strambi, who flew to Coolangatta yesterday on one of the first flights, said there were opportunities for the carrier on the Gold Coast.

The city's growth, along with a strong corporate, conference and leisure market, was why flights had resumed, he said. "Aviation is never an easy ride. We looked at the Gold Coast and how it had developed (and that's why we came back), but ultimately the customers will decide," Mr Strambi said.

Tourism, Major Events and Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said the State Government would do "all it could" to ensure all seats were filled and the airline remained committed to the Coast.

The airline will bring more than 3500 people into the region each week, contributing further to airport passenger numbers which grew 19 per cent last month alone. Brisbane spiked 2 per cent in September.

Mr Strambi said yesterday's "bustling" airport was a "wonderful reminder" about why the airline decided to resume flights. International travellers were now able to connect to the Gold Coast via Sydney and that would grow with Qantas's proposed partnership with Emirates, he said.

"This is a very important market for us. We are servicing premium travellers who want a great full-service experience no matter what class they fly.

"This is not just about servicing the domestic market -- we had 18 Japanese tourists on the plane."

Mr Strambi said Qantas had its "mojo" back and the airline was making significant investments across the country including new airlines and a new lounge on the Gold Coast.


http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/201 ... -news.html
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Re: Qantas returns to OOL

Postby Paul S. » Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:10 pm

Qantas introducing a daily non stop MEL - OOL from Oct with a 738, might be interest for some,

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