Online flight find­ings fuel air­fare de­bate

Pilbara News - - Opinion -

I would like to dis­cuss the “open skies” de­bate in the Pil­bara News (Coun­cil urges open skies, 28/6).

From the ar­ti­cle, the ob­vi­ous rea­son for the ex­tor­tion­ist pric­ing is a sim­ple case of “every­one else is to blame”.

The air­port charges, the lack of pas­sen­gers, the ex­cess of pas­sen­gers, small air­craft, land­ing fees, thin­ner routes (Kar­ratha must be the thinnest?) etc.

So, to add some in­sight to all th­ese things, I did some very sim­ple research.

I went to the Qan­tas web­site to book some flights.

The flights were re­turn to and from Kar­ratha, and the legs were for the same days and times.

So, Kar­ratha to Sin­ga­pore re­turn dates one week apart for de­par­ture and re­turn — to­tal cost for two peo­ple was $1866 (this is re­turn to Kar­ratha). Then, Kar­ratha to Perth re­turn, one week apart de­par­ture and re­turn and on the very same flights as the do­mes­tic legs for the Kar­ratha Sin­ga­pore flights — to­tal cost for two peo­ple was $1846.

I am not point­ing a fin­ger, but I am call­ing BS on Qan­tas. Tony Sti­gachello Mil­lars Well

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