- Dec 6, 2004
Flying "Qas" just doesn't sound the same!news.com.au said:Qantas snubs Territory
September 24, 2006 12:00am
GOING by her tantrum at Sydney Airport on Friday, supermodel Naomi Campbell will not fly Qantas again.
She should be so lucky. If she visited the capital city of the Territory, the Queen of the Catwalk would find that she could not use Queensland and Northern Territory Air Services to an increasing number of Australian destinations.
The choice, if that is what you call it, is between Qantas' budget offshoot, Jetstar, and Virgin. So the Ms Campbells of this world can forget business class, first class and even what used to be economy class.
The Territory is now a budget destination. Visitors and Territorians alike have no choice but to buckle up, or buckle under, and cop the lowest class of air services in the country.
And if Ms Campbell wanted to escape Australia altogether from what was once the nation's front door for international air traffic, she had better be quick.
Australia's national airline will no longer fly the historic Darwin-Singapore route after October 29. Jetstar and another budget carrier, Tiger, have that route. Luckily, Royal Brunei is sticking with its international flights out of the Territory, so at least we have more choice of transport to Asian destinations than we do to some of our own capital cities.
And of course, if Ms Campbell or any other Qantas critics found themselves in the Territory's regional centres, such as Katherine or Tennant Creek, they would find no regular air services at all.
As Jetstar takes over more routes, the rumour mill in Central Australia has it that Qantas will close its Alice Springs office, as part of its withdrawal from the Territory.
The Chief Minister is on record as having "divided thoughts" about the loss of the Qantas brand on the Darwin-Singapore route.
If Qantas does move out of Alice Springs, maybe, just maybe, the Martin Government will at least insist that Qantas takes "NT" out of its billion-dollar name.