Qantas opens Sydney-Newman mining route

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The importance of Newman to the Pilbara mining industry is growing, with Qantas announcing a new direct Sydney-Newman flight to meet growing demand.

From 15 May Qantas will run one B737-800 service between Sydney and Newman carrying 168 passengers.

In a statement Qantas WA regional general manager Ian Gay said the new route would help meet demand from the Pilbara’s growing mining industry.

"Western Australia is a very important market for Qantas and we are always focused on identifying market demands and responding," he said.

"This direct service offers a new link between the East Coast and the Pilbara region for both business and leisure travellers."

Qantas also operates 29 round trip services a week between Perth and Newman using the same aircraft.

Earlier this year Qantas said it was planning on adding another 14 aircraft to its fleet over the next 12 months to cater to growing demand from fly-in fly-out mining workers.

The company said mining geared aviation was expected to grow 50 to 70 per cent over the next few years.

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