Qantas has suspended flights to and from Cairns and Townsville airports until Friday 4 February following the closure of both airports today in response to Tropical Cyclone Yasi.
In light of the extreme weather conditions expected in northern Queensland over the next 24 to 48 hours, Qantas will not operate flights to and from either airport today (2 February) or tomorrow (3 February).
Qantas is monitoring weather patterns in the region closely and will make further operational decisions as the circumstances require. On Tuesday 1 February, Qantas provided six additional flights from Cairns to Brisbane to assist with evacuation efforts. Extra capacity was also provided out of Townsville.
Fare waiver options are available for Qantas customers holding bookings for flights to and from airports in the affected regions. These are listed on the Major Disruptions section of qantas.com and will be reviewed regularly.
Qantas is working closely with the Queensland Government and will provide as much as assistance as possible to affected communities over the coming days.
During the recent flooding in Queensland, Qantas increased capacity for regional areas and uplifted emergency services personnel and emergency freight, as well as offering considerable fundraising assistance.