April 13, 2021| 197 0

Trans-Tasman Flight Corridor Led To 1570% Increase In Bookings

An online travel agency is enjoying a massive boost in bookings between Australia and New Zealand following the announcement of a travel bubble opening between the two countries. On the day New Zealand agreed to the travel bubble, trans-Tasman bookings surged 1570% on Skyscanner. That is great news for Skyscanner. The caveat is, there was barely an …

March 30, 2021| 209 0

Brisbane Lockdown Leads To Domestic Border Closures

Just as Australia’s domestic airlines were gearing up for a blockbuster Easter weekend, a COVID-19 outbreak in Brisbane threatens to put the brakes on the domestic airline industry’s rebound. Ten new COVID cases were recorded in Brisbane in the last 24 hours, with eight of them locally acquired. Brisbane has gone into a three-day lockdown. With the …

March 29, 2021| 185 0

BLOW FOR HALF-PRICE TICKET PLAN AS BRISBANE ENTERS LOCKDOWN

The government’s plan to prop up domestic aviation by supplementing half-price tickets was dealt an enormous blow on Monday after it was announced Greater Brisbane would enter a three-day lockdown. The news, caused by the state recording four new locally acquired COVID cases today, is almost certain to lead to most states closing their borders for a …

March 29, 2021| 193 0

Qantas Operated A Mystery Flight From Brisbane This Weekend

Qantas flew the first of its three “weekend adventure” mystery flights on Saturday. In a nice bit of value-adding, Qantas didn’t just sell passengers a flight; the airline threw in lunch at a vineyard followed by an afternoon of wine tasting before taking the 152 passengers back to the airport and the flight home. “ We’re going to keep you gues …

February 15, 2021| 231 0

Air New Zealand Adjusts Services As Auckland Goes On Lockdown

New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, is in the middle of a three-day lockdown after three locally acquired cases of COVID-19 popped up over the weekend. And that’s had the local airline, Air New Zealand, scrambling to adjust its services and stay in the air. “While the country is at elevated Alert Levels, Air New Zealand will be taking extra preca …

February 8, 2021| 143 0

Qantas Expands Inflight Coach Service In A Bid For Competitive Advantage

In a long-overdue move, Qantas is giving its domestic coach passengers some love. The airline is substantially upgrading its catering offer and overhauling the menu. Qantas will re-introduce hot meals. Best of all, beer and wine will be complimentary for all coach class passengers across Qantas domestic and regional flights. Qantas acknowledged infl …

January 16, 2021| 217 0

Emirates Slashes Services To Australia For Operational Reasons

Emirates is suspending the majority of its Australia service for “operational reasons” and will see its final services operating to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane in the coming days. This sudden stop in service follows the country’s Prime Minister reducing permitted arrivals by 50% until February 15th due to the discovery of the new UK strain in B …

January 12, 2021| 177 0

Qantas Repatriation Tickets Canceled From Los Angeles

As Australia decreases the number of passengers it will allow into the country each week, confirmed tickets on commercial and repatriation flights to Australia are being canceled. Passenger lists on three scheduled Qantas repatriation flights into Brisbane are being halved. This includes a flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane this week. New limits se …

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