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Month: April 2018

ACCC airport concerns

THE “unconstrained monopolies” of Australia’s four main privatised airports remains a key concern of the national competition watchdog, which has highlighted their rising profits and high charges for services including parking. In its annual airport monitoring report released today, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has also warned it is vital to avoid restrictions on Sydney’s planned Badgerys Creek gateway, so that it can operate without the curfew and hourly aircraft movement limits that constrain the city’s existing facility. The ACCC says Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney airports earned a combined $757.6 million in operating profits (EBITA) in...

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Chimu teams up with QFFF

CHIMU Adventures today launched a new partnership with the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program, with members able to earn one QF point per dollar spent on Chimu land packages or cruises to Latin America, Antarctica or the Arctic. The offer applies to minimum bookings of $3,000 made in Australian dollars effective from today (excluding taxes & flights), with the fine print indicating that the points will be credited to the QFFF member account on the day of the trip’s departure. Chimu Adventures and its three South American DMCs are part-owned by Intrepid, which bought a 50% stake in the company...

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ANA A380 Biz reconfigured

ALL Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced the reconfiguration of cabins on board its A380 aircraft, with new features set to include four classes, a changing room, bar counters in all cabins and new couch options in Economy. The redesigned A380s will operate Tokyo-Honolulu services from spring 2019 and will cater to the appetites of Japanese families and newlyweds heading to Hawaii on their honeymoons. Changes will see Business class seating arranged in pairs instead of the typical staggered design on other ANA aircraft, creating an added incentive for couples. New attractions for Economy passengers will be 60 couch options...

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Scenic Arctic deals

EARLYBIRD savings of up to 10% are on offer for Scenic’s 2019/20 Arctic & Fjords program, with itineraries taking in Svalbard, the White Sea, fjords in Norway and Greenland, and the famed Northwest Passage. Marketing tools are also available at scenic.com.au/hub – see the cover wrap for details Source: Travel...

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BA SCL, IAD boost

BRITISH Airways is increasing frequencies on the Santiago route from four per week to five on 28 Oct, and adding a further three weekly flights to Washington DC (taking the route to five per week), effective 29 Oct. Source: Travel...

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