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Virgin dismisses Qantas’s concerns on Tigerair Bali flights

Virgin Australia has dismissed Qantas’s request for more information regarding its application to the International Air Services Commission (IASC) for capacity for its wholly-owned subsidiary Tigerair Australia to fly to Bali. Tigerair plans to begin services to Bali from Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne from March 2016, taking over routes that are currently flown by its parent Virgin....

Virgin Australia Rewards Flight Attendants with Big Pay Increases

Virgin Australia's short-haul cabin crew will receive generous annual pay rises ranging from 4 percent to nearly 10 percent over a four-year period, after voting in favour of an enterprise bargaining agreement the Transport Workers' Union says will make the airline better and more sustainable. The airline, which reported a AU$49 million pre-tax underlying loss in the last financial year...

Immigration Staff Again on Strike at Australian Airports

Immigration and border force workers went on strike at Australian airports on Monday, creating chaos for thousands of international travelers and airlines. A dispute over pay and conditions between staff and the federal government has stretched back more than a year, but has now become more serious. The staff union has hit at the peak school holidays period, and for the next 1...

Alliance signs new five-year contract with BHP Billiton

Alliance Airlines has signed a new five-year contract with mining giant BHP Billiton that maintains service to Olympic Dam until 2021. The new contract, which begins after the current deal between Alliance and BHP expires in 2016, involves operating 15 flights a week between Adelaide and Olympic Dam, with the flexibility to add extra services should there be demand for more flights. All...

Sydney Airport passenger numbers up in August

Sydney Airport has reported a 1.7 per cent increase in passenger numbers for August, led by healthy growth in international travellers. The airport handled 3.256 million passengers in August, up 54,000 from the prior corresponding period, Sydney Airport said on Friday. The number of international travellers rose 3.4 per cent to 1.106 million, while domestic passengers were up 0.8 per cent at...

DSEI: Australian helicopter chief delivers blunt message to NH Industries

NH Industries (NHI) must continue its effort to rein in the scope of its NH90 helicopter programme “towards a more manageable number of versions” for the rotorcraft to be “truly a success”. That was the blunt message delivered by Rear Adm Terry Dalton, head of helicopters with the Australian Defence Organisation. Although several NH90 customers bear the scars from a p...

Jetstar to Link Wuhan with Gold Coast

Australia's low-cost carrier Jetstar Airways (JQ) will launch a nonstop flight linking the Gold Coast with central China's Wuhan city starting Sep. 29. The twice-weekly service will be operated by a wide-body B787-800 Dreamliner on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with a nine and a half hours' single trip. Jetstar will build its presence in Chinese tourism market and further exp...