Qantas to Introduce Direct Flights from Sydney to Gladstone
18th Sep 2012
Beginning March next year, Qantas will open a direct service from its Sydney hub to Gladstone, the industrial center of Queensland, Australia. The recent announcement was made by Qantas CEO for Domestic operations, Lyell Strambi.
Currently, there is no direct air service between Gladstone and Sydney. People who want to go to Sydney have to book a connecting flight through Brisbane.
During the announcement, Strambi was quoted as saying that QantasLink offers Gladstone customers easy access to more points across the continent than any other carriers. Aside from that, it also offers Qantas Regional Lounge for its loyal customers as well as more seats during peak seasons with the introduction of its Boeing 717 aircraft to Brisbane.
The future Sydney-Gladstone flight will be available eight times per week, having a double-daily return flights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There will be a total of 1200 available seats each week per direction.
QantasLink, a regional subsidiary of Qantas, will use the propeller-driven Q400 aircraft with an all-economy 2-2 layout. With a distance of more than 1100 kilometers between Sydney and Gladstone, the seat layout is considered cramped for passengers traveling such long distance.
Those who want a more comfortable travel though, most especially business travelers, may opt out of this direct but cheaper trip and take instead a connecting flight via Brisbane which can also be costly. Though this direct flight can be a cheaper way to get to Sydney, travelers have to bear with Q400's smaller seats as well as noisier cabin.
Top tip: If possible, try to book a flight from Gladstone so that when you arrive at Brisbane you would be able to catch a Boeing 717 plane on your way to Sydney. This way, you would enjoy a more comfortable flight and, yes, a faster way to Sydney.