Mackay flights being reduced
QANTAS plans to cut the number of flights in and out of Mackay in what it says is a push to reduce last-minute service cancellations. The reduced number will remain in place until late March.
QantasLink chief operating officer Jenny Chamberlain said a combination of factors led to issues with availability of aircraft and crew, and that had resulted in cancellations and delays in the regional network including Mackay.
She said the issues were temporary.
“With fewer reserve pilots, it means we’re seeing an increased level of cancellations if several call in sick on any given day.
Qantas will instead use larger aircraft to maintain capacity.
In Mackay this means residents will see more 717 aircraft replacing Q400 aircraft, adding more than 20 seats on every flight.
In Moranbah, customers will continue to travel on Q400 aircraft.