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QF SYD-MEL down to 1 flight/day - via CBR on a Dash 8

Mattg

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Out of curiosity, I just had a look at what Qantas flights are available from Sydney to Melbourne next weekend. On Saturday, there is only one Qantas flight scheduled for the entire day... on a Dash 8, and with a stop in Canberra.

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SYD-MEL is normally the world's second-busiest air route. During peak times, Qantas normally has flights every 15 minutes.

A sign of the times...
 

Bundy Bear

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One flight from Jetstar in the evening for a direct service

just amazing, the Government and stay at home seems to be working.

Surprised they aren't using a 717 to move some freight.
 
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milehighclub

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And the fact that you can buy seats on an aircraft that holds 78 that goes via another city :(
 

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For the week commencing Sun 12th this is the non-stop timetable on the route

SUN: 10:15 (QF), 18:10 (VA)
MON 09:00 (QF) 17:00 (VA)
TUE 17:00 (VA)
WED 09:15 (VA), 15:00 (QF), 17:00 (VA)
THU 09:15 (VA), 14:00 (QF), 17:00 (VA)
FRI 09:15 (VA), 10:10 (QF), 17:00 (VA)
SAT 09:15 (VA), 12:30 (VA), 17:15 (JQ)

with QF Dash 8 service via CBR operating as well Sun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat

So non-stop services across the week
VA: 11
QF: 5
JQ: 1

Is VA maintaining so many services to try and curry favour in their bid for government assistance?
 

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Or using SYD/MEL as a hub for flights between other capital cities?
Maybe for ADL services. Interestingly, VA operating 11 MEL-BNE services for the week (QF 0) and 3 MEL-ADL services (QF 0, JQ 5) and 3 MEL-PER services (QF 0).

Perhaps they haven't yet cancelled their remaining services.

But it would seem that QF has all but shut down, which is probably not unreasonable under the circumstances.
 

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For the week commencing Sun 12th this is the non-stop timetable on the route

SUN: 10:15 (QF), 18:10 (VA)
MON 09:00 (QF) 17:00 (VA)
TUE 17:00 (VA)
WED 09:15 (VA), 15:00 (QF), 17:00 (VA)
THU 09:15 (VA), 14:00 (QF), 17:00 (VA)
FRI 09:15 (VA), 10:10 (QF), 17:00 (VA)
SAT 09:15 (VA), 12:30 (VA), 17:15 (JQ)

with QF Dash 8 service via CBR operating as well Sun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat

So non-stop services across the week
VA: 11
QF: 5
JQ: 1

Is VA maintaining so many services to try and curry favour in their bid for government assistance?
Yea thats the old schedule, now down to nothing nationally apart from 1 flight to Syd/Mel a day / period!
 
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Qantas is down to one flight a day, stopping in Canberra, on many days of the week, not just Saturdays.
 
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And I flew BNE-MEL on Monday.QF had 2 flights a day but no early flight hence why I flew VA.
This is the only QF offer for this route.
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And today was the first day with no LST services at all.

HBA only 1 flight a day on JQ and only Monday to Friday.

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This is getting ridiculous. We're now less than 100 new cases a day and we are absolutely destroying our economy. We've proven the vast majority of people getting the virus brought it with them - the quarantine on arrival is working. Total active cases is now reducing daily.

I was supportive of the lock down at the time as the growth rate was too fast. We've got it under control now. There's no reason why people can't fly domestically for worthwhile purposes. You're just as likely to catch it on a plane as you are going to Woolworths or going to work. We can't maintain this way of life for six months (other countries know that) and the damage to our airlines is avoidable.

Absolutely ridiculous.
 
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I was supportive of the lock down at the time as the growth rate was too fast. We've got it under control now. There's no reason why people can't fly domestically for worthwhile purposes.
I can see the reasoning behind not just letting go of the string now and watching it go mad again, perhaps they want to get past Easter and school holidays first, a period where there could be a lot of unnecessary travel, before loosening restrictions and perhaps testing the waters with business travel and seeing where that takes us. Beyond that if signs are good, most restrictions could be lifted.

I'm itching to fly and support communities far and wide, but don't want to catch something while doing so ;)
 

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My partner booked a flight to Brisbane ex Perth for two weeks from now. It appears that Qantas has zeroed out all direct flights for the next two weeks. When she booked this afternoon there was 3 other seats taken (all middle seats blocked), and when I checked just now we are now up to 13.

As an essential worker - there needs to be some level of flights available and it would completely stuff everything up should Qantas follow Virgin to near zero flights.
 

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