Ansett to take over 16 Flight West routes

Ansett has come to the rescue of Queensland's collapsed regional carrier FlightWest, with a plan to put some of its planes and staff back in the air.

Ansett Australia has announced it will take over 16 of the failed Flight West Airlines routes in regional Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The deal has been struck with Flight West liquidators for an initial period of 90 days, starting as soon as tomorrow, and employing up to 130 former Flight-West staff.

Destinations in Queensland include Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Mount Isa, Weipa, Cloncurry and the Sunshine Coast.

Services will also fly to Darwin and Alice Springs.

Ansett chief executive officer Gary Toomey says tickets with Flight West, which collapsed last week, will be honored.

“Those passengers who've already paid to fly with Flight West and who never got to travel will be now be able to use those tickets to fly with Ansett Australia… there will be no extra charge,” he said.

ABC News Online 26/6/01

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