Air­line de­nies empty-seat pric­ing model claims

Pilbara News - - News - Cally Dupe

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.

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