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Philippine Airlines adds extra seats to Darwin, Brisbane over summer

Philippine Airlines is adding extra seats to Darwin and Brisbane for the school holiday period through the use of larger aircraft. The airline will replace Airbus A320 aircraft on its thrice weekly Manila-Darwin-Brisbane service with an Airbus A321 between December 8 2014 and January 16 2015, according to updates in Global Distribution Systems. PR221 departs

Domestic discount airfares lower than a year ago

Australia’s domestic carriers’ recent pullback of capacity growth appears yet to have an impact on prices, with the cost of the cheapest economy tickets remaining below last year’s levels. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics’ monthly measure of domestic ticket prices found best discount and full economy tickets in August were lower than

Cobham wins four-year FIFO contract

Cobham Aviation Services will fly Arvo RJ85 jets to West Australian mining sites as part of a new four-year fly-in, fly-out contract with Gold Fields Australia. The contract involves flying the 82-seat jet aircraft equipped with what Cobham says is gravel kit capability to Gold Fields Australia’s mines at Granny Smith and Darlot, both situated

Domestic market still suffering from capacity excess

Australia’s domestic aviation market continues to suffer from too many seats and not enough passengers, latest figures show. Data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) found Australia’s domestic carriers suffered a drop in load factors – an industry measure of how full planes are – in May. The report found overall

Virgin pilots call for air traffic control inquiry

One of the unions representing Virgin Australia pilots has called for a government inquiry into Australia’s air traffic control systems. The Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA) says federal infrastructure minister Warren Truss needs to hold a comprehensive and independent inquiry into the management of Australian airspace. VIPA executive director Simon O’Hara says the government needed

Newcastle Airport posts small traffic lift

Newcastle Airport has posted a slender increase in passenger numbers despite losing services to Sydney and Canberra after the collapse of Brindabella Airlines. The Hunter region airport said 1.19 million travellers passed through the terminal in the 12 months to June 30 2014, up 1.2 per cent from 1.18 million in the prior corresponding period.


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