Qantas seeks additional rights to New Caledonia

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Qantas is seeking an additional allocation of 150 seats per week to New Caledonia from Australia's International Air Services Commission (IASC).

The Oneworld carrier says, in its submission to the IASC, that it operates four weekly services to New Caledonia using a combination of Boeing 767-300s and 737-800s and the additional seats would allow it to "accommodate aircraft substitution on the route".

Qantas is requesting the additional seats for five years, with the allocation to be fully utilised by the end of March 2014, and it is seeking to provide joint services with Air Caledonie International.

The IASC says that it may proceed with the decision on 27 February if no notifications of intention to make a decision are received.