Significant boost to Tasmanian Qantas services welcomed Mon 16 July 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Scott Bacon Minister for Tourism Download hi-res version The Tasmanian Government has welcomed Qantas' plans to increase its services between Melbourne and Tasmania by more than 1,700 seats a week Premier Lara Giddings and the Minister for Tourism, Scott Bacon, this morning joined Qantas Domestic Chief Executive Officer Lyell Strambi for the announcement at Hobart Airport. Ms Giddings said the 18 additional services a week was a significant boost in air seats into and out of Tasmania and is welcome news for all of Tasmania. "That is fantastic news for Tasmania's tourist operators, for hoteliers and for local businesses," she said. "Today's announcement from Qantas represents a significant investment in its Tasmanian services, and also reflects the growing confidence airlines have in Tasmania as a destination. "Over the past few months we've seen announcements from the major airlines that mean, on average, we'll be seeing around 17,000 extra air seats a week in and out of Tasmania." Mr Bacon said the Qantas Group continued to be a key airline partner for Tasmania. "From late October, Qantas will add a further daily service between Melbourne and Hobart and an extra 11 services a week between Melbourne and Launceston as well as additional seat capacity between Melbourne and Devonport," he said. "This is a significant announcement that will not only deliver extra flights into our capital city, but will also see a significant increase in the level of access available to regional areas through an upgrade to the aircraft flying between Melbourne and Devonport, and additional flights between Melbourne and Launceston." Mr Bacon said it was great to see Tasmania's airline partners boosting their services to Tasmania. "Tourism Tasmania will continue to work in partnership with Tasmania's access partners to undertake targeted cooperative marketing activity to maximise the return of the additional capacity to the state's tourism industry." "And, through the Access Working Group, we are working with key stakeholders to delivering sustainable growth in access to and from Tasmania to the benefit of not just the tourism and hospitality sectors, but the broader economy."