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Quantaslink has announced plans to base an additional two Boeing 717 jets in Brisbane to cope with Queensland’s mining boom.
The new 115 seat planes will commence service from early 2012 and increase services between Brisbane and Moranbah, as well as introduce a new route from Townsville to Moranbah.
The new services will provide better connections to Cairns and between North Queensland and the Bowen Basin coal fields.
The company has also announced the arrival of a smaller 74-seat aircraft to increase flights between Cairns and Weipa as well as improve Moranbah and Emerald services.
The airline is also opening a new regional lounge in Emerald for Qantas Club and platinum and gold frequent flyers.
A Qantas spokesperson said in a statement the new moves came in response to a significant increase in demand for mining related services to and from regional Queensland.
“QantasLink has continued to respond to regional Queensland communities who rely on air services by introducing a new schedule that connects them with Brisbane and beyond,” he said.
“These new services will also support Queensland’s booming resource sector which will benefit through the link these services will provide to key mining centres across the state.”
Queensland tourism, manufacturing, and small business minister Jan Jarratt said the increased services would help support the booming resource sector.