Mackay flights be­ing re­duced

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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.

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