Qantas flies to Texas

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor -

DAL­LAS Fort Worth Air­port says the $ US3 mil­lion ($ A2.97 mil­lion) of in­cen­tives it pro­vides for Qantas Air­ways Ltd to fly to Texas shows the air­port’s com­mit­ment to the new ser­vice. Qantas will be the sev­enth non-US air­line to op­er­ate in­ter­na­tional ser­vices out of the US’s third-busiest air­port and the first time any car­rier has of­fered di­rect re­turn flights from Texas to Aus­tralia. DFW as­sis­tant vice pres­i­dent of air ser­vice de­vel­op­ment Bill Frainey said what was of­fered to Qantas was the same as what any air­line would get for start­ing new ser­vices to the US air­port. The money rep­re­sented re­bates on land­ing fees and ter­mi­nal charges as well as co­op­er­a­tive mar­ket­ing money for the next two years. ‘‘ We can’t put $ 250 mil­lion in air­craft into the game, but we can put $ US3 mil­lion in in­cen­tives to Qantas on the ta­ble,’’ Mr Frainey said in Syd­ney this week. ‘‘ Ba­si­cally, it is so we have some skin in the game with them.’’

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