Qantas is considering boosting the number of flights to the Gold Coast as the airline approaches the one-year anniversary of its return to the region.
"We are very happy with the first nine months" said Lyell Strambi, CEO of Qantas Domestic, ahead of a full Qantas board meeting to be held at the Gold Coast this week to discuss overall strategy for the airline.
"We don't want to over-promise about what we are doing because we want to get what we are doing right first but we are looking at extra services during peaks, but first we have to get the demand."
Strambi told News.com.au that he has "a shopping list to go through and look at things we want to do", which could also include fly in-fly out services.
However, Strambi identified daylight savings – for the summer period when Queensland is one hour of of step with the rest of Australia's east coast – and an over-supply of seats "which is affecting the price" as factors influencing Qantas' plans.
Qantas resumed Sydney-Gold Coast flights in October 2012, four years after the airline handed over the route to low-cost sibling Jetstar, with three Boeing 737-800 flights on a morning, afternoon and evening schedule.
The move also included upgrading the airport's former Jetstar lounge to a fully-fledged Qantas Club and installing 'tap-and-go' check-in towers for its Smarter Faster Checkin service.
During Qantas’ absence from the Gold Coast, Virgin Australia ramped up its flights and opened its own airport lounge for business class travellers and top-tier Velocity Frequent Flyers.
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