CANNED: Passengers on the first flight to Sydney last March.
CANNED: Passengers on the first flight to Sydney last March. Christopher Chan

QantasLink cuts number of Gladstone to Sydney services

GLADSTONE residents should check their flight bookings after QantasLink canned three services on the Gladstone to Sydney route for poor performance.

And there's been no word on whether Qantas staff in Gladstone will be made redundant following the airline giant's announcement that up to 4000 staff would be given until the end of the month to accept a redundancy package.

Exactly one year after the service to Sydney began, The Observer can report that three of eight return flights to Gladstone will be cancelled from April 28 due to poor commercial performance.

Many Gladstone residents have been informed that flights booked from May onwards will detour via Brisbane.

Coincidently QantasLink will begin direct weekend flights from Sydney to Hervey Bay in May.

Five Gladstone services will continue to operate on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and a double return service on Friday, by the Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.

There has been talk for some time that Qantas was reviewing the flights, with poor feedback on passenger numbers from those using the service.

Deputy Mayor Matt Burnett said it was clear the market was not supporting particular flights, but he was positive that Gladstone residents could still travel direct to Sydney.

"As long as you can still fly every weekday its good for business and good for locals," Cr Burnett said.

"There are direct flights to go down and watch the rugby and come back."

While Ken O'Dowd is toeing the LNP line, he believes the regional services are doing okay, despite Qantas reporting the revenue of its domestic business was "further impacted by softening resource sector demand, particularly in the Western Australian and Queensland markets".

"While it's an Australian icon foreign investment is not such a dirty word," Mr O'Dowd said.


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