Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce has announced that Qantas and Jetstar intend to add more than 66,000 seats per week to the domestic market over the next nine months in response to recovering conditions.
“We are seeing improved demand domestically and the introduction of these additional services and aircraft will see the Qantas Group well placed to meet this demand,” said Joyce.
“The changes will see around 65 additional return services for Qantas and around 120 return services for Jetstar introduced across selected routes.”
The increase will come from seven additional aircraft that will be deployed domestically over the current financial year, including a Boeing 767-300 which re-entered service in July, an A330-200 which will be added in January, while a further five 737-800s will be progressively added to the network by March 2011.
“These aircraft will be deployed on a variety of growth markets, including the east coast, east–west and intra WA markets,” Joyce said.
In addition, Jetstar will increase its domestic capacity by up to 30 per cent over the next year, with the carrier already having already announced increased capacity on a number of routes to Perth, Launceston and Cairns.