Qantas plans to start five new domestic regional services in the coming three months.
It will begin a nine times weekly Brisbane-Miles service on 14 April. This will be followed by daily Brisbane-Port Macquarie on 1 May and twice weekly Sydney-Hervey Bay services on 17 May, says the carrier.
From 7 June, it will operate once weekly Melbourne-Coffs Harbour and commence twice weekly Sydney-Hamilton Island services on 2 July.
Qantas will use Boeing 717s, 737-800s, as well as Bombardier Dash 8 Q200s, Q300s and Q400 turboprops on the five new services.
“We looked at ways we can better use our aircraft, particularly on the weekends, and found network improvements resulting in additional aircraft being free to support these new routes,” adds Qantas domestic chief executive Lyell Strambi. “Not only will this provide more choice for our customers, it is a good revenue opportunity for the Qantas Group.”