Hirnie From Germany, joined May 2004, 595 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 17208 times:
I'm planning a trip to Australia. My problem is that I'm not really used to online booking systems. I want to go from Cairns to Ayers Rock. The only connection I found by air is a flight with Quantas which would cost around 300 Euros oneway! Are there cheaper fares to be found anywhere? Are there other carriers that fly to a destination near Ayers rock? Which destination aerodrome should I search for?
I hope some Australian or other travel experienced A-nutters can help me.
VHXLR8 From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 500 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 17175 times:
From CNS to AYQ, i'm afraid QF is probably your only option (hence why the fares are high). QF is the only major airline to fly to AYQ, and coming from the east coast, only from MEL, SYD or CNS. I guess you could look at CNS-SYD-AYQ, although the cost would probably be the same (if not more), and would most likely require a night stop in SYD, as the AYQ flights leave early.
The only airport near AYQ, is ASP (at least 2-3 hours drive), but again, only QF flies there, and from the east coast, only from MEL, SYD and BNE.
Rsg85 From Australia, joined Aug 2006, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 17122 times:
Quote: The only airport near AYQ, is ASP (at least 2-3 hours drive
Yeah if you average 150 - 225kmh, its a 450km drive.
Qantaslink fly 717's CNS - AYQ with no ife once daily.
A connection in ASP from cairns would mean an overnight stop or a 4 hour stop on the return flight
Qantas have one flight daily with a 737 direct, has ife.
When booking on the qantas website click on the flight number when selecting times, this will tell you the aircraft type and operator, none of the qantaslink services have ife, but prices of flights are the same.
Flight time is around 2 3/4 hours.
Qantaslink flys ayq to asp usually under $150AUS.
Word is virginblue are going to return services to ASP, could be worth waiting on an announcment. doubt they will be flying ASP-CNS, but could provide a cheeper connection via SYD or BNE.
Babybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 17089 times:
Couldn't you take advantage of one of those ticket deals where when you book the international flight you get an internal flight free? Have a word with Qantas and see if they have such a deal available.
I know when I went (about 10 years ago) I got such a deal. Internal flights are a complete rip-off. You might even consider a bus between the two places.
RyanairGuru From Australia, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 5769 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 17088 times:
The other option is to buy a return ticket: full service carriers have a bivarre habit of occasionly charging more for a one-way ticket than they do for a return ticket! I would love to hear someone from airline topbrass try to explain the logice behind that one! Then, quite simply, don't show up to your return flight. People shouldn't really do it, but it is such a widespread practice that the airline hardly ever chase anybody up for the unpaid money.
Vhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1478 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 17052 times:
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 11): The other option is to buy a return ticket: full service carriers have a bivarre habit of occasionly charging more for a one-way ticket than they do for a return ticket! I would love to hear someone from airline topbrass try to explain the logice behind that one! Then, quite simply, don't show up to your return flight. People shouldn't really do it, but it is such a widespread practice that the airline hardly ever chase anybody up for the unpaid money.
Unfortunately there no such thing as a return fare for domestic travel here If you enquire about a return fare you will just get two one way fares added together.
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Yellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 17027 times:
I took the CNS-AYQ flight when I went to Australia back in 2004. I'm not sure what the price was, but the views as you fly into AYQ are quite impressive! That also happened to be my only 737-400 flight so far.
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