Qantas boosts Queensland capacity as cyclone nears
Qantas has provided additional flights and capacity out of Cairns and Townsville this evening ahead of expected extreme weather conditions resulting from Tropical Cyclone Yasi.
On Tuesday 1 February 2011, Qantas will operate two additional Boeing 737 services from Cairns to Brisbane, as well as upgrading the capacity on its Townsville-Brisbane services from a B737 to a B767, providing an
additional 85 seats.
Qantas said it is closely monitoring weather conditions and potential operational impacts on airports in Queensland and will make further decisions about services to Cairns and Townsville as the situation develops.
During the recent flooding in Queensland, Qantas added extra flights for regional areas and uplifted emergency services personnel and emergency freight, as well as offering considerable fundraising assistance.
Fare waiver options are available for Qantas customers holding bookings for flights to and from Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Hamilton Island and Moranbah who do not wish to travel. These are listed on the Major Disruptions section of qantas.com and will be reviewed regularly.