Qantas to boost domestic capacity by 9.6%

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Australia's Qantas Airways plans to increase capacity across its domestic route network by 9.6%, with additional flights operated by Qantas and its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar.

It will also deploy seven additional aircraft on the Qantas domestic network to meet growing demand.

"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," says Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.

The Oneworld carrier will launch 65 additional return services on the Qantas network and 120 extra services on Jetstar.

Qantas added a Boeing 767-300 in July to meet growth on routes such as Sydney-Perth, and will follow this with six additional aircraft next year.

An Airbus A330-300 will be added in January 2011, followed by five 737-800s from March 2011, says Qantas.

"These aircraft will be deployed on a variety of growth markets, including the east coast, east-west and intra WA [Western Australia] markets," says Joyce.

In terms of flights, Qantas will launch non-stop Brisbane-Broome flights from April 2011. Jetstar will also add new routes to increase its domestic capacity by 30%, says Joyce.

The low-cost carrier announced new services in Perth and Launceston last week, and said today it will add additional flights to Cairns.