15 November 2018
The CLP Opposition will request Qantas rethink the recently announced changes to their network involving Alice Springs flights.
"While we understand the importance of preserving the financial integrity of business, we’re disappointed the planned Qantas changes are without due consideration of the negative consequences to Alice Springs residents," Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said.
"Qantas as written to us to explain the changes but we believe they will result in less tourism through Alice Springs and will further limit travel options for residents.
"As well, there are questions about the proposed discounted fares program for Alice residents – how long will it be in place and is this just a way to get members to the Frequent Flyer program?
"Many Alice Springs residents have vented their frustration saying the program will do nothing for them. They tell me they want discounted fares to interstate capitals where many of their families live."
Mr Higgins said the Qantas move from daily to two flights per week between Perth and Alice Springs plus the dumping of their Cairns-Alice Springs route is a further damaging reduction in services.
"The only good news in the changes is the aircraft upgrade for flights between Alice Springs and Darwin which increases the number of seats per week on the route," he said.
"But that may not make up for the loss of tourism traffic with the airline offering new routes and more flights directly to Uluru from Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Darwin – all overflying Alice Springs.
"This is a major concern and one of many we will raise with Qantas about these changes."