Friday, July 29, 2011

Strategic Airlines to Withdraw Flights to Gladstone Airport

Friday 29 July - Strategic Airlines has today announced it's withdrawal of services on the Gladstone to Brisbane route.

The Airline contacted media outlets today to announce its withdrawal, which is effective from Friday 12 August.

This news comes in the same week that Virgin Australia announced plans to start Brisbane to Gladstone services in October with ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft - further details HERE.

A Strategic spokeeperson said the decision was a sad one for the airline. The decision appears to be the result of commercial difficulties experienced by Strategic since it arrived at Gladstone Airport in April.

Strategic did not mention their only competitor on the route, Qantas/QantasLink, but made reference to "aggressive competitor activity". This appears to be connected with Strategic's previous request that the ACCC investigate whether Qantas/QantasLink was engaged in anti-competitive behaviour.

Strategic thanked the Gladstone Regional Council, Gladstone Airport, and the Gladstone community and businesses for their support.

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