Airline denies empty-seat pricing model claims
Qantas has rejected claims it would rather fly planes “halfempty” than lower the cost of seats to and from the North West.
The high cost of accessing the Pilbara region was a hot topic at last week’s New Pilbara conference, with Pilbara Regional Council chief executive Tony Friday reiterating his calls for a Parliamentary inquiry into prices.
During a tourism panel discussion, Tourism WA commissioner Nathan Harding said the cost came “down to the nature of the difference between the type of airline”. “generally an airline like Qantas would typically fly an empty seat to maintain the pricing and yielding they have,” he said.
a Qantas spokeswoman said the company often had sale fares in regional WA, including in Port Hedland and Karratha.
“We always encourage customers to book in advance,” she said.