- Dec 6, 2004
I don't know what the taxes and levies ex-HKG amount to, but this seems to be a very low fare for a long haul sector.couriermail.news.com.au said:Hong Kong Oasis beckons
Geoff Easdown and agencies
July 12, 2006
AUSTRALIANS will be able to fly on heavily discounted fares between Hong Kong and London when a new discount airline takes to the skies later this year.
Oasis Airlines, based in Hong Kong, will charge just under $185 (taxes and levies excluded) for a one-way fare between the former British colony and Gatwick airport.
Australians taking advantage of the offer, due to begin in October, will have to travel to Hong Kong with a major carrier before boarding their Oasis flight.
The new carrier, which has bought two Boeing 747-400 jets and plans to quickly expand to 25 aircraft, intends to emulate Australian discount carriers Virgin Blue and Jetstar by charging extra for hot onboard meals and drinks.
But no surcharge will apply to food carried on by passengers and consumed mid flight.
Based on yesterday's advertised web prices, a return Qantas Melbourne-Hong Kong fare (taxes included) can be bought for $1118 for travel between October and November.
Oasis has announced that it will charge £75 ($A184.60), plus levies and taxes for one-way travel between Hong Kong and London's Gatwick airport.
Yesterday Qantas was charging $1915 for a heavily discounted Melbourne-London return economy fare (taxes and levies included) for travel between October and November.
The standard Melbourne to London return flexi-fare, which includes the ability to claim refunds and cancel and change flight arrangements, costs $3061 for the same travel period.
BTW, apologies for quoting out of the Courier Mail. I feel so besmirched now.