Qantas to Increase Frequency to Gold Coast

10th Jul 2013

Qantas is mulling to increase its flight frequency to Gold Coast on its first year anniversary since the flag carrier resumed its service to the region last year.

Lyell Strambi, CEO for Qantas Domestic, was glad to announce to the media that their operations to Gold Coast are promising enough that they consider to add more frequency to the city.

The airline will gather its top executives for the board meeting to be held this week at Gold Coast to discuss, among others, airline's overall strategy for the region.

He cautioned though that they don't want to chew more than what they could swallow. They assured the traveling public that they want to continue from where they are now at the moment and work their way from there for the better. The airline is mulling to add extra service to passengers flying on peak hours if sustainable enough. Meaning, they need to see ample demand before dishing out extras as form of rewards.

The CEO has told the media that he has a list to go through on what they plan to do in the coming days.

Strambi said that they should factor in daylight savings and supply of slots to the east coast for their fare structure in order to come up with reasonable ticket price. The over-supply of seats, of course, won't do a good business for the airline so Qantas will tame its frequency as well depending on the demand.

The Red Roo returned to Gold Coast in October last year after a 4-year absence since its low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar, took over its operations to the tourist hub of Queensland.

Qantas has been operating a thrice daily service between Sydney and Gold Coast using a fleet of B737-800 since the flights resumption in September 2012. The three-times daily service is evenly spaced throughout the day, morning, afternoon and evening.

The airline is also converting back the lounge it used to lend to Jetstar to Qantas Club. It is equipped with a 'tap-and-go' service featuring check-in towers for a faster and smarter check-in procedure.

While Qantas was away, Virgin Australia made a foray - into the Gold Coast.

Virgin took advantage of the Qantas' absence by increasing its flights to the tourist haven and opened a new lounge for its premium customers.