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4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

01 August 2012

BIG FANFARES FROM EVERYONE WHEN FLIGHTS ADDED TO CAIRNS AIRPORT - BUT FLIGHTS REMOVED AND OTHER AIR TRANSPORT ISSUES CONTINUE TO DAMAGE TOURISM RECOVERY

Tourism officials along with Cairns Airport General Manager Kevin Brown, are always quick to the media announcing "new flights" when their hard work to rebuild our airport is successful.  Fair enough.

Changes that are damaging to the Cairns tourist economy however are swept under the rug.  No fancy announcements, no taxpayer-funded cocktail parties when flights are summarily pulled.  Here's two issues that are likely to present significant problems to the Cairns tourism industry, undoing for some the fragile recovery that's been underway.

QANTAS SERVICE REDUCTIONS

Effective 23 August, Qantas flight QF921 from Cairns to Sydney at 6:20 AM is no more.  This is going to prove an enormous barrier to international tourists visiting Cairns, who have long relied on this flight to connect with important international connections to North America.  US and Canadian tourists are already dudded by the lack of direct flights from Cairns to Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Vancouver, required to backtrack to Sydney to get the bloody hell out.  QF921 is normally packed with North Americans making connections.  It's gone shortly.



With QF921 now gone, many will face an unwanted night at a Sydney Airport hotel, and may now skip Cairns altogether.  A blow especially for Port Douglas and Palm Cove, popular destinations for Yanks and Canucks.

And for those who can utilise Jetstar "We Hate People" Airlines, this adds baggage schlepping, terminal transfers, and general Sydney Airport abuse to our visitors right as they're preparing to depart and tell their friends about Oz.  With no baggage interlining (automatic transfer) by Jetstar, passengers must collect their bags, wrestle them into the known horrors of Sydney Airport terminal buses, quite often up stairs, to their departure check-in counter.    

Perhaps this service reduction is a ploy by Qantas to tap into the Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King $8M LNP aviation slush fund - and we'll find these flights returned in the future.

UNITED AIRLINES FOLLIES 

The Cairns Airport routine promotes "special" airfares for partner airlines.  They've recently been putting up links on the net to this set of "Special UA Fares to Los Angeles" directly from Cairns (actually, with two stops in Guam and Honolulu).

These so called "special fares" are available on only four days out of 30 in November.  With the balance of the month showing economy fares of up to $10,836!  What kind of shitty partner is United Airlines to Cairns?  Fares from Cairns to Japan and Mainland USA destinations are routinely triple on United Airlines compared to Jetstar and Cathay.  Is it any wonder UA can't get the frequency up above twice a week?

What is the Cairns Airport doing to not just entice airlines to Cairns, but get them to operate in a competitive and tourism-useful environment?  It would seem bugger all. . .

We'll soon tell you about the enormous issue that will likely cripple the new announced flights from Shanghai to Cairns, and the Chinese tourist market. . . .

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cairns is the most expensive place to fly from,these bastards are conning us

T. Asquith said...

My wouldn't we we be ripped off on airfares, we're ripped off on most else. Think petrol. The cartel is having a bonanza with the impotent Cairns consumer, and government does what?

CBD Warrior said...

This is a truly horrible result. It continues the push "downmarket" in Cairns, where business and upscale travelers are discouraged from visiting Cairns.

It's shocking that the Cairns Post and other media outlets have ignored this very important development.

CBD Tarzan said...

Aw stone the crows . Don't worry Gavin Fink will pick up his red phone direct link to Newman and have no smoking zone fast tracked ASAP.
He's got plenty of pull with his boss cos Gavin can do Cairns like a dinner.

Anonymous said...

HBW, I heard a rumour some time ago that it was the aim of QANTAS to make Cairns a Jetstar destination only. More and more QANTAS flights to and from Cairns are being replaced by JetStar flights. It wasn't that long ago that everyone got excited about the big Jetstar announcement of more seats into Cairns. What we weren't told was there was going to be a decrease in QANTAS flights.
I also saw somewhere mention of the number of new aircraft on order for QANTAS and that a majority of these aircraft will be utilised by Jetstar. Even the new Boeing Dreamliner aircraft will be flying in Jetstar Livery first. I reckon that you won't see the flying kangaroo in Cairns in two years time. Over the years we have given QANTAS millions of dollars to fly into and out of Cairns. We have had QANTAS hubs in Cairns and soon as it gets tough they have pulled out of Cairns. QANTAS and Jetstar are loosing seats all over Australia to Virgin because Virgin treat their passengers with respect and go out of their way to please. Business is now starting to fly Virgin. QANTAS needs to get rid of their Irish CEO and some of their Board Members as the QANTAS brand is getting fucked big time. Charlie.

T. Asquith said...

Just a query HBW, why describe Jetstar as the 'We Hate People' Airline? Have chosen them on a number of occasions on the basis of timing, price, direct point to point destinations, and totally satisfied, and no evidence of being hated. I guess it's de rigueur to bag them, but for credibility sake, compare like with like.

KitchenSlut said...

Post today from exiled economist Joshua Gans re Qantas may be of interest.

http://economics.com.au/?p=9153

Anonymous said...

Qantas give the new airline to Jetstar because cheaper to maintain. When they start to fall apart then Qantas get them because they charge more so can afford the extra repairs. Troubel when you get a numbers man as CEO, makes sense on paper but is irrational on all other levels.

T.Asquith said...

Anonymous 3/8/12 11:15
Firstly, presume you mean new 'airliners'. Secondly, what a lot of BS. It's the complete reverse thus far. Qantas re-liveried several of their A330's for Jetstar ops, as they earlier did with the Boeing 717 (formally the Impulse fleet). The current A320's were a direct purchase from Airbus Industries by Jetstar for Jetstar.
Please, deal in facts!

Anonymous said...

What about the dredging of the inlet,all the crockfords and pearls of this world,the hysterical ramblings the world will end suddenly deafening silence.

Jethro said...

Anonymous above, it's like that critical piece of land so essentially vital for "ports expansion" that Manning used to go on and on and on about on Mackenzie's show. Im talking about the piece of land the Entertainment Precinct was to have been built on. Suddenly again, there is dead silence. Manning has shut his gob up, ditto Mackenzie. I mean the economy of Cairns was going to collapse and people would be forced to leave the city in their tens of thousands, leaving behind a city looking like a Mad Max set, if this absolutely critical piece of land was built on and all this kind of bullshit. Now that Captain Mann(er)ing has his bum in the mayoral seat, hes stopped his outrageous lies.

k.nevill said...

Heard Mannering on yesterday saying that the site bought by Byrne had been knocked back by Val even though council officers had recommended it. Cost was $85 million with $35 mil. coming from all 3 levels of govt (his maths is crap). He went on to say the project would have been finished by now but for Vals decision to go with the CEP.
I know he is a stupid old fart but didnt know he was a bald faced liar, or that he was dumb enough to sprout this crap on radio. Guess he thinks only a few hundred will hear it and he can get away with it. We are screwed while this imbecile is running the council. On another matter, HBW can you point me in the direction of getting the report from CMC on Blake the snake. The Bonneau report made for interesting reading and i am wondering if Blakes is a similar story.

Anonymous said...

The Crockford, Silvermans and the Pearls of this world are too stupid to reaalise that they have been f**ked over. Manning was on 4 CA the other day and the same hate-mongers that used to attack Val Schier when she came on that show with total disrespect and appalling rudeness are now drooling all over the new Mayor, not realising he is not going to do anything for them.

The clinically insane Shorty came on and told "Gav" he'd have to start shooting offenders in the street (or hang them from lamp posts as they do overseas apparently), this was followed by the rabid former Minister for brown paper bags who was allowed to rave on like a total madman without interruption. He couldn't recall the former premier's name (Bligh!), but they were apparently all a bunch of Communists anyway and Bjelke Pedersen never sacked any electricity workers, they sacked themselves apparently.

That fascist ratbag is absolutely stark raving mad. If anyone needs reminding (or is to young to know) what the Bjelke Pedersen regime was like, take the trouble to listen to this lunatic, as this was more or less the government's attitude at the time across the board. It was illegal to demonstrate, there was a secretive Special Branch to weed out trouble makers, business favours could be bought with cash in brown paper bags, there was widespread corruption and no accountability. And of course the police were as bent as the the politicians.

That prick should be in jail instead of being allowed to pollute the airwaves with his poison!

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 1330 I wouldn't worry to much about any influence by those old pollies who should have gone to jail,the ravers and uneducated who listen to mackenzie.The average age of his listeners are in their 50's,men of dubious life's experiences and on any given day a lot of surveys show on average about 4-5 thousand a day tune in for their ration of LNP propaganda.That leaves about 140,000 who have more better things to do.To prove my point why does he spend most of the program "just putting a call through"to someone.Because apart from the usual suspects who call on cue every day no one else is listening.I stopped listening a few years ago,maybe you should do the same.If you want a dose of bitterness and hate tune into the evening news and catch an abbott policy speech

Jethro said...

I think you will find there is something really happening up top in that persons head Anonymous 13.30. He doesn't remember too well these days at all.

yk said...

I don't always agree with the expressions in this Blog. But this time is different. The design, management and operation of our airport is a disgrace.
Spin good news and ignore bad news is typical of the previous government and something that Gavin King must not get involved in. But Airport management seem to live in the past and continues to gild lilies.
And as for the airlines - try making a booking on line!
Finally, can the Airport Management frecognise that we all have mobile phones nowadays and that a free holding area where we can park waiting to pick up people would be appreciated.

Al said...

YK, the free holding area is there while you wait for the phone call; it's called the Mangrove Boardwalk - just two minutes from airport kerbside. Though it'll be interesting to see how long the vested interests allow that to remain available.

Dean said...

YK, It's a 10-15 minute drive from almost anywhere in the city! How close do you have to be. I live in Brinsmead and when I do a pick up, they call me when they disembark and I arrive about when they hit the exit. Stop off at Dunwoody's or on the Esplanade and relax.

k.nevill said...

Are we really getting "direct flights" to Shanghai or was it a big con. China Easterns website at the moment brings up shanghai to cairns VIA sydney or melbourne (with an over night stay!) all for about $1000.00. Is that what you were alluding to HBW?