Qantas has announced it will operate six direct return services between Sydney and Vancouver in January to cater for demand during the peak of the North American winter holiday season.

At the same time, Qantas is also adding a significant amount of additional flights on busy routes to the Americas, New Zealand and Japan.

Qantas International CEO Simon Hickey said the seasonal Vancouver services was great news for Australian travellers and ski enthusiasts, providing easier access to Canada’s most popular ski resorts and holiday destinations, and would also boost inbound tourism for Australia.

“By flying non-stop to Vancouver, our customers can enjoy more time on the mountain, or wherever in Canada their holiday plans may take them. We’re also making it more convenient for Canadian travellers to experience the best of summer here in Australia,” said Hickey.

“The schedule will appeal to customers wanting to maximise their vacation time on shorter getaways, with a morning arrival into Vancouver enabling same-day travel to ski resorts across Canada, and a late night departure on the return.

“North America is a key market for Qantas and these direct services reinforce our commitment both to this market and to taking advantage of seasonal peaks, including to destinations that aren’t necessarily on our network all-year round,” Hickey said.

The Vancouver services follow last week’s announcement of a new codeshare with WestJet, providing new connections from Qantas’ trans-Pacific services to an expanded network across Canada.

Qantas has also announced an increase in services to the US and Santiago from early 2015, and is upgrading its Dallas Fort Worth service to an A380.

Qantas Airbus A330-200

Hickey said the services also deliver on Qantas’ focus of having the right aircraft on the right route, at the right time of year.

“We’ve already announced changes to our trans-Tasman schedule to better reflect the seasonality of that corridor, including a seasonal Perth to Auckland service that runs for about five months of the year,”

“Over our summer, we’ll operate additional services to Tokyo and Honolulu as well as the ones announced today to Vancouver. Since July, we’ve scheduled a total of 108 extra flights across the international network to serve the demand in the market,” added Hickey.

The services will operate from 3 to 22 January 2015, departing Sydney on Saturdays and Wednesdays (with same day connections available from the major Australian capital cities), and from Vancouver on Sundays and Thursdays, operated by a three-cabin B747 aircraft, reconfigured with lie-flat beds in Business Class and the award-winning international Economy seat.

Qantas is also adding a significant amount of extra flights over the holiday season at the same, including:
-Melbourne-Los Angeles: 11 return supplementary services between 17 December 2014 and 18 January 2015. Frequency of the Melbourne-Los Angeles service to increase from seven to ten per week from the 21 January 2015;
-Sydney-Santiago: 15 return supplementary services between 21 November 2014 and 13 February 2015. Frequency of Sydney-Santiago service to increase from three to four per week from 20 February 2015;
-Sydney-Honolulu: Two return supplementary services between the 20 and 27 December 2014. Frequency of the Sydney-Honolulu service to increase from three to four per week from the 3 January 2014;
-Perth-Auckland: Two return seasonal services per week between 5 December 2014 and 26 April 2015;
-Sydney-Auckland: Five return supplementary services between 17 and 27 December 2014.Six return supplementary services between 1 and 26 January 2015;
-Brisbane-Auckland: One return supplementary service on 20 December 2014;
-Melbourne-Auckland: Two return supplementary services on 20 and 27 December 2014;
-Sydney-Christchurch: Two return supplementary services on 20 and 23 December 2014;
-Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth: Services to increase from six to seven per week between 9 December 2014 and 20 January 2015; and
-Sydney-Tokyo (Narita): Three return supplementary services between 26 December 2014 and 4 January 2015.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management