Online flight findings fuel airfare debate
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