At a time when most airlines are struggling to survive the COVID crisis, one carrier has seen its share price climb 150 per cent in a year.
The airline turf war on the east coast is set to heat up, with Virgin Australia bringing back five Boeing 737s from the Arizona desert to increase capacity on major trunk and holiday routes.
The RAAF has announced a significant change to its language to instil a “strong sense of identity” among personnel.
Qantas has added more flights to its trans-Tasman schedule in response to the demand for seats when the two-way bubble begins.
In another blow to WA’s struggling travel sector, local agents expect to keep losing business as it remains unclear whether return travellers from New Zealand will have to quarantine.
Kate Purnell and Jenne Brammer
Qantas and Jetstar are launching 122 flights a week on 15 routes between Australia and New Zealand from April 19.
Pack your jandals! Australia’s whiplashed aviation industry has welcomed news of a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand as a turning point for airline and tourism operators.
Air New Zealand has given strong hints about the date West Australians can expect to travel on their first international ‘bubble’ flights.
Perth Airport chief executive Kevin Brown says it is disappointing the Federal Government has directed the bulk of its COVID-19 aviation assistance towards airlines while largely neglecting airports.
Virgin ground workers have been stood down as a direct result of the Federal Government axing JobKeeper, the TWU says after filing a dispute in the Fair Work Commission.
Rebecca Le May
Rex flew its inaugural Adelaide to Melbourne flight today, but the company says other capital city routes might not be far behind.
Southwest Airlines, the giant US low-cost carrier, has ordered up to 255 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft – made up of 100 firm orders and 155 options.
Officials are investigating a Southwest Airlines pilot whose obscenity-filled rant in northern California was captured on air traffic control transmissions.
Virgin Australia has relaunched its business class to lure the high end of town back to the pointy end of its jets but economy passengers will now pay for all snacks.
Air New Zealand plans to add Hobart as its 10th Australian destination when the trans-Tasman bubble is created later this year.
A $500 a week support payment will be provided to more than 8000 airline employees unable to work because of international border closures, as part of a seven-month extension of JobKeeper.
People searching for cheap domestic flights are starting to benefit from Rex's entry to the market, as Jetstar and Virgin drop their prices.
Sydney's third city near the new western Sydney airport will be called Bradfield, with the Labor opposition criticising the rezoning process for the precinct.
Angelo Risso and Maureen Dettre
A major milestone in the quest to get Australians travelling overseas has kicked off with a flight from Germany to Darwin on Friday.
The Qantas boss has hit back at Regional Express over comments labelling the federal government’s discounted tickets package ‘QantasKeeper’.
Airlines are already slashing prices in response to interest in taxpayer-subsidised half-price airfares.
The airline is slashing prices in response to interest in taxpayer-subsidised half-price airfares.
A $1.2b tourism and aviation rescue plan that largely ignores WA is another blow to Perth businesses in the sector, who say they are “hanging on by our fingernails” and need further government aid.
Danielle Le Messurier & Sam Jones
Optimism continues to build among global airlines with small but consistent increases in passenger capacity.
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