Qantas Airways has denied the allegations of slot hoarding put bu Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Airport, Geoff Culbert. It says that Sydney Airport is frustrated over less revenue generation.
Qantas : Slot Hoarding at Sydney Airport?
Sydney International Airport Chief Executive Officer Geoff Culbert has put allegations on Qantas and Virgin Australia of holding more slots at the airport to block competitors like Rex Airlines and newly started Bonza from using the airport properly.
The Airport CEO accused both airlines to using more than required slots. He pointed out that major airlines are hoarding more slots on routes between Sydney to Canberra and Melbourne, which other Low-Cost Airlines could easily use.
If one looks at June traffic numbers, Sydney to Melbourne route has recovered 84 percent of pre-COVID capacity, while Sydney to Canberra is behind at 64% only. Last month, the cancellation rate for flights on the Sydney to Melbourne route was 8.4%. The cancellation was 9.2% on Sydney to Canberra route.
What Qantas has to say?
Both Virgin Australia and Qantas have repeatedly denied allegations and instead, turned the blame on the Airport authorities themselves.
Qantas Airways stated that the Airport authorities are frustrated with having less revenue and want to establish their own system to unlock more revenue streams.
In a statement, Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Domestic, Andrew David said that there is some misdirected frustration from Sydney Airport because they want the airport system to be different so that they can unlock more revenue. Unlocking more revenue is understandable but why demonising the biggest customer?
David also dismissed Culbert’s claims that the airport wanted to allocate more slots to international airlines to foster competition.
The airline signified that international passengers helps driving airport revenue, as they spend money on retail, food, and beverages at the terminal.
Qantas CEO has also expressed a preference for working collaboratively with Sydney Airport over slot issues. He emphasized the need for slot system reform to address weather-related delays, which impact all carriers’ efficiency.
Next year, the Australian Federal Government will release an aviation whitepaper. A key point of interest will be the examination of the current capacity of 80 flights per hour at Sydney Airport. This makes it difficult to manage any disruptions.
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