New Qantas services to Tasmania Mon 29 October 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Download hi-res version Tasmania's tourism industry will receive a significant boost, with QantasLink today launching 1700 additional seats to the State. The Premier, Lara Giddings, today joined QantasLink Executive Manager John Gissing to celebrate the new services, which will increase visitation to Tasmania and give passengers greater flexibility. "Tasmania is hot property in the tourism sector at the moment, with Hobart recently named in Lonely Planet's top 10 places to visit in 2013," Ms Giddings said. "These additional Qantas flights will ensure that we can take advantage of this invaluable exposure as we enter the peak summer tourist season." "We know that visitors to Tasmania spend an average of more than $1500 and stay for around 11 days. On that basis the addition seats of 1700 seats a week has the potential to pump around $100 million annually into the Tasmanian economy creating significant new job opportunities. The Qantas Group - including Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar - now operates more than 230 return services per week to ports across Tasmania. In May Jetstar announced an increase of 28 return services per week to Hobart and Launceston resulting in an extra 10,000 seats per week to Tasmania. "I would like to thank Qantas for their ongoing commitment to services in Tasmania." Ms Giddings said additional flights between Melbourne and Launceston and an upgrade to the aircraft flying between Melbourne and Devonport would help attract more visitors to regional areas. "That is fantastic news for Tasmania's tourist operators, for hoteliers and for local businesses," she said. "This commitment from Qantas represents a significant investment in its Tasmanian services, and also reflects the growing confidence airlines have in Tasmania as a destination."