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09 July 2015

**FLASH** - ANOTHER INTERNATIONAL SERVICE CANS CAIRNS

In the 13 hours since the previous story was written, we've now learned of another blow to the Cairns Airport and Cairns tourism.

United Airlines, who've been flying to Cairns since 1998, will discontinue service to Cairns on October 1, 2015.  This can easily be verified on the UA booking website.  United is one of two US "mega-carriers", and a key in the Star Alliance.  This leaves those frequent flyers who accrue points in this system with NO WAY of redeeming those points for a trip to Cairns.

This service was a major feeder for our Japanese tourism market.  United services Cairns via Guam from a number of smaller Japanese cities including Fukuoka, Sendai, Sapporo, and Nagoya.  United has been a major transporter of these Japanese to Cairns, and the loss of this service is going to dramatically decrease the Japanese tourist numbers in Cairns.

This has also been a popular service in bringing Americans, including the growing number of US Military in Guam and Hawaii, to Cairns for RnR.

United stepped up to help Cairns when Australian Airlines was closed by Qantas, and Qantas started stripping service out of Cairns.  United increased service from two to five services per week in a strong expression of loyalty to the Cairns market. 

United is thought to have been incurring huge increases in airport charges from CAPL and the service is no longer profitable or viable.

There would be many Cairns and other Australian residents who've booked ski trips using United to Sapporo for later in the year.  They would be well-advised to look for other arrangement now, although the options are extremely limited. 

But shit, we can always go to Bali cheap.  

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course CAPL upped the fees, it's all they know how to do. And don't worry, they sign dirt cheap agreements with carriers like Silk Air that won't return an airport profit for years! I wonder where the aeronautical manager on $250k will jet off to next? She travels the world, often with Brown or her lackey in Brisbane, and achieves nothing. It's time for Brown and his imported managers to be cut loose, enough is enough.

Anonymous said...

Brown must go!

CBD Warrior said...

This is a major, major blow to Cairns. It isn't just the loss of this limited service. It's the message it gives the market. We're not willing to "go the extra mile" to retain a major carrier, but we're quick to dole out our money to pissant airlines like Philippines and China Eastern.

UA should have been given incentives to INCREASE service, and market us better in Hawaii and the US west coast. People forget that the first international services from Cairns were to Hawaii and Los Angeles. These routes could be reinvigorated. But not with this group of charlatans at the helm.

Anonymous said...

I heard this morning that CAPL just had a security audit and they received a heap of non-compliances, up 100% on this time last year, plus they have had 2 breaches where people have jumped fences and gotten airside. So now you have to question passenger and staff safety. What the hell is going on out there. Has CEO Benjamin Button reached or passed his use-by-date, along with his top level oligarchy?

mickwow said...

Great you are back H'Billy.I was at the domestic airport last week and disembarked using the exit ramp past the smoking and drinking exibit.
What a fucked up piece of planning.The area is glassed off and the first sight that Mr andMrs Tourist and children get is a zoo like situation watching people suck the guts out of their last fag or skull their last beer.I have no problems with drinking or smoking but it does not have to be right in your face.

shanghai said...

I must remind people because of cans airport theres 30 000 jobs created not the reef or rainforest... no people come here to see the airport yeah go figure they're mongrels about smoking near their exits but your more likely to die on their unlit goat track than passive smoking yeah whatever its a state problem now I have pointed out before there's no proper loading dock there's no cover from the weather and they tax everyone who have gumption to come to the airport come to cans welcome oh its $3 bucks for a trolley but that's Macquarie bank not us nudge nudge wink wink does the buck passing ever end ?

Anonymous said...

I am surprised the paperboy hasn't picked this up and put it on his crappy blog. He is constantly bragging about his "exclusive" breaking news, even though it is mostly unsubstantiated gossip or pointless sour attacks on his political opponents, like his "story" on the Murray street drama.

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Anonymous said...

Stopping this service may also have been because UA used a 737 that was so noisy, not having the 'hush kit' fitted, that it is not acceptable in most airports. Cairns should have banned it years ago, as Wellington Airport did some 15 years ago. Presumably UA were not prepared to put on a modern quiet flight. The level of service we experienced on this flight a few months ago was abysmal too.

Anonymous said...

I tried to get this rumour confirmed. No one at the airline knows anything about plans to stop the Cairns Guam flights...

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

The LAMESTREAM news media has now confirmed our breaking news. That's why it's called NEWS. You heard it hear first.

HBW

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Kevin 'Brown' will try to keep it quiet. I heard the airport put no effort into trying to keep the carrier, and instead over the past year Brown and his aeronautical manager have been back and forth to China and everywhere else chasing big carriers who just aren't interested. Fools