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QF and VA join forces to lobby against rogue monopoly AU airports

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More detailed report on the problem and issues with lack of government oversight impacting what customers pay:



 

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So, when Ansett collapsed and Qantas had a monopoly, they played fair and didn't gouge passengers, right? Or . . .
 

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So, when Ansett collapsed and Qantas had a monopoly, they played fair and didn't gouge passengers, right? Or . . .
... or maybe the govm't owned and ran the airports.

I do agree though - I wonder how much PAX would see of $10 price cut by the airline owners.
 

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Given the accounts here of QF charging an airfares worth of YQ on Y redemptions it is...ahem... interesting to hear THEM complain of "gouging"...no? :)
 

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To be honest, they have a point. But it's bigger than just what they charge airlines by pax (if they weren't charging it QF or VA would be), it's the rents, the rental car company charges, the taxi/rideshare charges, the parking, etc etc ....
 

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To be honest, they have a point. But it's bigger than just what they charge airlines by pax (if they weren't charging it QF or VA would be), it's the rents, the rental car company charges, the taxi/rideshare charges, the parking, etc etc ....
IIRC at MEL (and perhaps others) non-aeronautical revenue exceeds that from the airlines.
 

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Another front page for BFF’s VA and QF today on the AFR. Their PR teams have certainly earned their money...
 

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Meantime at the other end the scale Rex having something to say as well .. whilst taking another poke at Dubbo city council ...

Responding to the AustralianAirportsAssociation’s(AAA) call for an end to airline secrecy to high regional airfares, Regional Express (Rex) says that the AAA is being hypocritical as its own members have never disclosed its basis for the astronomical head taxes they impose which in some cases can amount to over $50 for a one-hour flight.
 

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Given the accounts here of QF charging an airfares worth of YQ on Y redemptions it is...ahem... interesting to hear THEM complain of "gouging"...no? :)
Whilst the point is valid (QF's YQ charges are high), the premise isn't - I have heard this fact quoted several times over the last week, funny I can't find such a flight though. Are we suggesting the economic rationale here is such that points + pay would be better value than a straight up classic reward in Y? Given that for the last 5 years of posts I've read, people have claimed that it's horribly inefficient as a use of points, yet it seems a rate of 0.07 off the retail price (P+P) would well and truly beat 0.00 after YQ for Y classic redemptions. What gives?

(Also required is the ability to ignore the fact that fess & taxes are charged on revenue tickets as well, and so by definition couldn't exceed 50% of retail, and yes I recognise they differ between revenue and award bookings but again - this cannot equate to nearly what is being suggested, so what's the go? Have we gone from Australian Frequent Flyers to Herald Sun's letters to the editor overflow forums?)
 
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