Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan is a Business Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Foreign airlines cry foul over 'subsidising' Australian aviation

Matt O'Sullivan A bunfight between foreign airlines such as Emirates and regional carriers is brewing over charges for the next five years for air-traffic control services and firefighting at Australian airports.

Fuel surcharges still high for Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines

Qantas has forecast that its fuel bill will be lower this year but its passengers still face fuel surcharges.

Matt O'Sullivan The airline has forecast that its fuel bill will be as much as $550 million less than last year.

Domestic airfares surge after end of Qantas, Virgin Australia capacity war

The end of the capacity war between Qantas and Virgin is leading to a rise in domestic fares.

Matt O'Sullivan Travellers are starting to feel the end of the capacity war between Qantas and Virgin Australia as air fares surge from a year ago.

Sydney Airport pins hopes on Chinese as Moore-Wilton bows out


Matt O'Sullivan Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather expects double-digit growth in big-spending Chinese visitors to be further fuelled by a free-trade agreement, an easing on visa restrictions, and a...

Qantas shares soar to a near seven-year high

Under a cost-cutting plan, Qantas has cut 4000 of the 5000 jobs targeted by 2017.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas shares surged as much as 10 per cent early on Tuesday – the highest level since September 2008.

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Jetstar launches direct flights to China from Gold Coast

Jetstar will fly its new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on what will be its first direct route to mainland China.

Matt O'Sullivan Jetstar will launch direct flights between the Gold Coast and Wuhan in central China, targeting the fast-growing Chinese tourism market.

Qantas set for greater competition on Australia-Philippines route

The Australia-Philippines market has been growing at an average of more than 10 per cent over the last five years.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas faces increased competition on air routes to the Philippines after the Abbott government agreed to increase the cap on flights between the two countries by 55 per cent over the next year.

Qantas role re-examined amid high-flying as government rolls out red carpet for foreign airlines

Relieved Australians board a Qantas 747 jumbo at Cairo International Airport in February 2011.

Matt O'Sullivan With the Abbott government determined to throw open the doors to foreign airlines, there are questions about whether the country will always be able to call on Qantas in times of crisis.

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Qantas Airways needs flight attendants as international business grows


Matt O'Sullivan Qantas is understood to be recruiting about 100 flight attendants for its international services because of increased flying to destinations such as Japan.

Jetstar planes out for another two weeks following Newcastle bubble bath


Matt O'Sullivan Jetstar expects two of its A320s damaged when they were doused in fire-retardant foam at its maintenance hangar at Newcastle Airport late last month to return to service within the next two weeks.

Pressure piles on Virgin to make a buck as Qantas soars higher


Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia has been able to fly below the radar for the past five year as Qantas went through one of its most tumultuous periods. But that luxury has come to an abrupt end.

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Virgin narrows losses in third quarter because of higher returns on fares

Virgin Australia this week named Elizabeth Bryan to succeed  Neil Chatfield as its chairman.

Matt O'Sullivan An end to the domestic capacity war between the country's two biggest airlines has helped Virgin Australia shrink its third-quarter loss to $28 million.

Qantas benefits from demand for flights from Cricket World Cup supporters

Shares in the Flying Kangaroo have climbed over 177% over the past 12 months.

Matt O'Sullivan Domestic fares are on the rise, helping Qantas post another month of higher returns in the key domestic market as it benefited from the Cricket World Cup boosting demand for flights,

Bali Nine executions haven't dented demand for Bali holidays

Bali remains one of the most popular overseas destinations for Australians.

Matt O'Sullivan Australians are voicing their abhorrence at the executions of the Bali 9 duo but Qantas and Webjet say travellers show no sign of boycotting popular tourist destinations in Indonesia such as Bali.

Virgin Australia names Elizabeth Bryan as new chairman, succeeding Neil Chatfield

Virgin Australia has appointed Elizabeth Bryan as chairman, a role she also fills for Caltex.

Matt O'Sullivan Elizabeth Bryan's selection as chairman comes ahead of the release on Friday of Virgin's quarterly earnings results, which are expected to show the airline continuing to benefit from the end to a...

Airbus tips demand for bigger planes as airlines squeeze in more passengers

Qantas has 12 A380s in its fleet which can each carry 484 passengers on routes to Los Angeles, London, Dallas and Hong Kong.

Matt O'Sullivan Airbus insists airlines will increasingly order larger aircraft due to congested airports and soaring demand for travel, despite lacklustre sales of its flagship A380 superjumbos.

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Victoria government, Linfox inject $26m to keep Jetstar flying to Avalon

Avalon Airport has struggled to compete against Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport.

Matt O'Sullivan Jetstar has committed to increasing flights to Avalon Airport near Geelong after the Victorian government and the airport's owner, Linfox, agreed to a $26 million funding lifeline over the next...

Mining slowdown hits Perth Airport as charter airlines under pressure

Regional operations for Qantas and Virgin have been aggressively targeting mining contracts over recent years.

Matt O'Sullivan Perth Airport has suffered its first decline in quarterly passenger traffic in 12 years because of a fall in mining activity in Western Australia leading to a drop in domestic travellers.

Australia-South America airfares under pressure

LAN Airlines has begun flying its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners between Sydney and Santiago via Auckland.

Matt O'Sullivan There's relief in sight for Australian travellers who have long complained about the high cost of flights to South America, as Chile's LAN Airlines and Qantas increase capacity, and Air New Zealand...

Sydney storm: Pilots step up as weather batters Sydney Airport


Matt O'Sullivan With southerly winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour, passengers have endured hair-raising landings at Sydney Airport over the last three days.