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Qantas adds million seats on east-coast flights
Jetstar in on the plan, with extra flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane promising lower prices
Air travelers within Australia will have the benefit of greater choice -- and, likely, lower fares -- from this July, thanks to a combined Qantas-Jetstar plan to introduce almost one million new seats on its most important routes.
The national carrier and its budget arm are adding 900,000 seats through extra flights linking east-coast destinations Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane -- the highly competitive so-called golden triangle.
Other destinations are getting a bump too -- Adelaide, Gold Coast, Newcastle and Ballina-Byron will also see more flights.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce spoke of the benefit of increasing choice and lowering prices.
“We know from experience that increasing the number of low fares in these markets will stimulate new travel demand,” he said.
Other flights cut
The news comes after the two airlines announced a reduction in flights to Darwin and Uluru because of slumping visitor numbers there.
Qantas also cut more than 100 workers from its Avalon Airport maintenance facility in Victoria.
Cutbacks aside, the new flights will add 496,000 Jetstar seats, as well as 400,000 Qantas seats per year.
The biggest beneficiaries will be Jetstar travelers on the Sydney-Melbourne route, with 21 extra flights a week from August 16. Qantas will add 11 new flights on the same route, starting July 9.
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