- Feb 14, 2019
I wish they would pay some attention to the NTL-SYD route. Costs are usually prohibitive.
They used to once upon a time as well as WOL. Maybe the economics are not as attractive, in terms of the revenue per mile. ADL-KGC is 78 miles, SYD-OAG is 124 miles. MEL-NTL is 519 miles. That's 20-30 mins from wheels up to wheels down vs probably 1.5hrs.I'm surprised Qantas/QantasLink aren't having a go at NTL-MEL.
Qantas needs to put a 717 type aircraft on the BNE route. There’s a lot of business travellers who would fly business but their only option is virgin. QLK often sell tickets on the Q400 for $800+ one way and people still buy them - to avoid flying Jetstar.I'm surprised Qantas/QantasLink aren't having a go at NTL-MEL.
Could fly to Auckland on VA and pickup an SQ flight from there. Probably better than the drive to Sydney! (damn I hate that road!)At this rate we’ll see a gulf carrier in NTL before QF mainline. I’d settle for a QLK NTL-SYD service as flying internationally out of NTL is a pain, you either go via BNE with fewer destinations, JQ to MEL and recheck your bag, or fly Rex to Sydney which is weight limited, low frequency and very expensive. Driving to Sydney is usually the best option.
What navigation aids has the owner of these airfields (presumably the local shire) installed? Weather that will force a Rex diversion will almost certainly have exactly the same effect on Qantas or Virgin.Flights are frequently delayed or cancelled and are unreliable. They often divert to Dubbo or Parkes and then they bus you home, and the cost is outright extortion.
Sorry to be blunt but a monopoly in any business is a bad thing for the consumer and if you believe prices won’t go up then you probably believe in Santa.Rex: Just shut the %$#@ up. Anti-competitive nonsense wont help with your overpriced rusty little buckets. This is clearly good for regional Australia and actually good for customers. It might be not good for Rex but hey, who cares.
Sealink running a promo at the moment where the ferry to KI is just $15pp and vehicles for $98. For a couple or family it makes plenty of sense, a couple for instance would be $256 compared to around $600 and you have the added benefit of having a vehicle on the island which is a must IMOA lil problem in the convo here is that kangaroo island is an island. Kinda makes it tough to drive the car over water.... similar issue with PLO...... or Perth to LHR (for that matter). Oh. And we haven’t talked Barcaldine to longreach not Christmas to Cocos....
time v speed v price - all have upsides and downsides. No airline is going to fly a short distance especially over land when the competition, (car, boat, bus, train or taxi or Uber donkey or combinations thereof) will do the similar trick
That route shouldn't exist on any carrier.I wish they would pay some attention to the NTL-SYD route. Costs are usually prohibitive.
At some airports, in cooperation with the airport operators (local councils) Rex does offer Community Fares. Not alway super cheap, but pricing comparable to the lowest SYD-MEL fares that QF offer FWIW ( )Apart from those whose fares are paid by employers or under some contract, I struggle to see how "ordinary" folk in rural Australia afford the super high airfares that QantasLink, VA Regional, Rex and others like Sharp and flyPelican charge on these minor routes.
QF may have an opening special of about A$129 each way SYD - OAG or vice versa but wait until the sale ends. Fares will be jacked up.
A) Most people do drive or take the trainThat route shouldn't exist on any carrier.
Passengers can easily travel by train (including a connection to Sydney Airport at Central) or drive.
All a short route like that does is chew up landing or takeoff slots at Australia's busiest airport, slots that during peak times are in short supply.