USAOZ wrote:Pcoder wrote:SYD/CBR is most expensive route per km in OZ, cos majority of pax are either public servants or people going to see public servants, neither of whom pay their own fares. VA & QF as a result put on far too many flights, "for convenience". Pax don't care if their flight is canned, as most will just sit in QF or VA club & if anyone asks why they were late back, they simply say flight was canned.planemanofnz wrote:Canberra Airport asks federal government for help on cancelled Sydney flights
"Canberra Airport's owners have called for the federal government to investigate higher than average flight cancellation rates from Sydney and to consider introducing new national performance benchmarks.
Canberra Airport managing director Stephen Byron has approached Transport Minister Darren Chester calling for action."
See: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-new ... zbmpb.html.
What is needed in Australia is a EU style flight compensation regulation. I think the Australian airlines are allowed to get away with too much.
So QF/VA hand out a few drinks/some food & everyone is happy.
Already many airline pad their timetables so they can take of late & still land early.
Looked at a recent SYD/MNL timetable & 3 airlines flying same aircraft A330's had vastly different flying times. Incidentally the ULCC Cebu Pacific, was 90 minutes faster, than the slowest, QF.
Plus any compo scheme will just be another way lawyers take their huge cut, which is what is occuring right now in EU. Do you really want to pay more in fares, just to pay lawyers ? Don't think so. Would rather apply rule 303 to lawyers.
If charges at CBR weren't so high, airlines might fly some 1/2 empty aircraft. Byron should look at his own costs ? Do airlines pay per pax or per MTOW of aircraft at CBR ?