News

QantasLink cancels Gladstone to Sydney flights

DIRECT flights from Sydney to Gladstone have left the tarmac for good.

Very low passenger numbers on the QantasLink services have been blamed for the move.

Qantas reduced flights in April, one year after the service began.

Gladstone's airport and tourism leaders supported the route but in the end it came down to passenger support.

The Bombardier Q400 aircraft, which holds 74 passengers and four crew, was flying five direct services a week, which will cease to exist from August 29.

Passengers who booked on the service after August will be offered a refund or rebooking on another service, while the crew will be redesignated on other flights.

Gladstone Airport Corporation CEO Phillip Cash said the corporation had worked with QantasLink to support the service but there just weren't enough passengers.

"While we're obviously disappointed QantasLink won't be flying the Gladstone to Sydney route we understand their rationale," he said.

"I'm glad they gave it a solid run."

Gladstone tourism chief Glenn Churchill said although the door had closed on the Sydney service for now, Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd would continue to work with QantasLink on potential new direct destinations.

He said the retention of all 52 direct flights to Brisbane confirmed Qantas's commitment to Gladstone.

"Our destination tourism plan shows the emerging market is the Chinese market into the Gold Coast - where is the opportunity for Gold Coast to Gladstone?"

A QantasLink spokeswoman said the flights were ceasing due to poor route performance.

"After a thorough review, it was found to be unsustainable to continue flying on the route because of the low passenger numbers," she said.

"We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause some customers, however, they will still be able to travel to and from Gladstone via Brisbane."

THE STORY SO FAR

  •  Sydney-Gladstone route began March 4, 2013
  •  Began with eight services a week
  •  In September 2013, QantasLink retimed its Gladstone-Sydney flights based on customer feedback
  •  Reduced to five services a week in April 2014
  •  Direct Sydney-Gladstone flights will end on August 29
  •  QantasLink's Brisbane-Gladstone services are not impacted

Topics:  gladstone qantas qantaslink sydney



Agnes surfer ready to break world record with 25 of his "best mates”

BIG EFFORT: Chris de Aboitiz WANTS TO SET A world record for the most dogs on his stand-up paddleboad.

Surfer hopes to break a world record for most dogs catching a wave.

Woman assaults two people after DJ won't play her songs at work party

Raquel Theresa Hudson.

IT WAS a work Christmas party gone horribly wrong.

Budding snapper wins photography competition

WINNER: Jacinta Rose Charles snapped this photo of her daughter in the water.

Jacinta Rose Charles wins Nikon camera

Local Partners

Peppa Pig trots into town

Peppa Pig is making a surprise visit to Gladstone on Tuesday


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

11 huge events coming to Gladstone in the next 6 months

Events coming up in Gladstone in 2017.

Your guide to exciting events coming to the Gladstone region

Summer SUNfest kicks off

SunFest Lazer shoot-out in the Tondoon Botanic Gardens January 11, 2016. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Tickets for SUNfest are selling fast, so get in quickly.

The surprising problem police face at Woodford Folk Festival

STREET SCENE: Woodford Folk Festival 2016.

The biggest issue for police at Woodfordia is not what you'd expect

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Will there be a Game of Thrones spin-off?

Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage in a scene from season six episode 10 of Game of Thrones.

HBO’S original programming president has teased fans.

Time for Gladstone to kick up their heels

Dancer Tamara Drake will be teaching the kids of Gladstone to express themselves through dance.

These dance the kids will love

Ed Sheeran's intimate gigs down under

Singer Ed Sheeran

CHART-topper playing invite-only shows in Australia next month.

Eddie McGuire's scandal-free focus and new-look Hot Seat

Eddie McGuire hosts the new Millionaire Hot Seat Super Game.

HOST wants out of the hot seat himself to focus on game show revamp.

Embattled Amber Sherlock back on TV after leaked video

Amber Sherlock seems to have brushed off the leaked video

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Designer home set in lush tropical gardens

This home has it all and more

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!