Qantas to launch Sydney-Gladstone service in March 2013

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Qantas will launch a direct Sydney-Gladstone service on 4 March 2013.

The carrier will operate eight times weekly on the route, using QantasLink's Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.

The new route is intended to satisfy growing corporate demand for direct services between the two cities, Qantas's domestic chief executive Lyell Strambi said in a statement.

In addition, Qantas will increase seat capacity on four of its domestic routes.

On the Dubbo-Sydney route, the airline will replace the Q300 aircraft operating on the route with a Q400. This will add 384 seats per week to the eight times weekly route.

It will also replace the Q300 used on the thrice-weekly service on the Port Macquarie-Sydney route with a Q400.