Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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

Aviation

Clearer skies ahead for airlines

High fuel fees: The Australian Competition and Consumer Association (ACCC) will investigate passenger surcharges set by airlines such as Qantas, Emirates and Virgin Australia.

Matt O'Sullivan After one of the most bruising battles in years, Qantas and Virgin Australia have left investors hoping this year they will finally benefit from clearer skies.

Aviation

Etihad raises stake in Virgin

Etihad's latest buying comes just two months after it last tightened its grip on Virgin.

Matt O'Sullivan Etihad has tightened its hold on Virgin Australia by increasing its stake to 24.2 per cent, just shy of the Australian airline’s largest shareholder, Air New Zealand.

Aviation

Virgin to remove fuel surcharges; puts pressure on Qantas to follow suit

What goes up, must come down: Virgin will remove fuel surcharges on flights to the US, the only route on which it charges the fees.

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia will remove fuel surcharges on flights to the US and reduce fares on the trans-Pacific route by up to $50, in a move that will put pressure on rivals Qantas and Emirates to slash...

Aviation

Wollongong final resting place for Queen of the Skies

Wollongong bound: City of Canberra set a record in 1989 for flying non-stop from London to Sydney.

Matt O'Sullivan More than 25 years after it touched down in Australia, the final resting place of the Qantas 747 jumbo that set a record by making the longest non-stop flight for an airline is expected to be a...

Aviation

ACCC investigates airlines for fuel surcharges amid slump in oil prices

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Matt O'Sullivan Consumer groups want the competition regulator to apply the same pressure on airlines such as Qantas, Emirates and Virgin Australia to slash fuel surcharges as it has on petrol retailers in the bush...

Aviation

Jetstar pilots on course for strike action

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Matt O'Sullivan Jetstar passengers face the prospect of disruptions to their travel plans over the busy Easter holidays after one of the unions representing the budget airline's pilots took the first step towards...

Danger in throwing open door to foreign airlines

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Matt O'Sullivan The pace of change unleashed on Australia's airlines is intensifying. Now, senior transport bureaucrats are about to wing their way to Beijing for high-level negotiations next week about opening...

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Gruen Transfer's Todd Sampson joins Qantas board

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Matt O'Sullivan Qantas has appointed high-profile advertising agency boss and regular Gruen Transfer panelist Todd Sampson as a director in an effort to boost the level of marketing experience on the airline’s...

Aviation

Oil plummets, but don't expect lower fares soon

Pressure is building on Australia's big airlines to lower their ticket prices, but investors are putting their hopes on the carriers holding their line, having hedged their fuel at substantially higher levels than the current market price.

Matt O'Sullivan Oil prices may have plunged to near six-year lows, but travellers are unlikely to see Qantas or Virgin Australia rush to slash fares any time soon – or lower their much maligned fuel surcharges...

Aviation

Qantas, China Eastern shouldn't cut flights: Austrade

Qantas chief Alan Joyce has increasingly hitched the airline to China Eastern.

Matt O'Sullivan The competition watchdog has been urged to ensure Qantas and China Eastern maintain their present level of flights on a key route between Australia and China if it gives them approval to deepen their...

Aviation

Qantas faces competition on Australia-Japan routes from All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways last operated services to Sydney in July 1999.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas faces greater competition on flights between Australia and Japan next year as speculation mounts that All Nippon Airways will resume flying on the Sydney-Tokyo route after a long absence.

Aviation

AirAsia might be forced to lower fares but missing plane unlikely to curb travel demand

Shares in AirAsia slumped more than 8 per cent in Kuala Lumpur on Monday following the loss of Flight QZ8501.

Matt O'Sullivan AirAsia might be forced to discount fares if demand drops after the disappearance of one of its A320 aircraft but travel companies doubt it will curb consumers' appetite for air travel in the long...

Aviation

Qantas breakthrough with short-haul pilots

Qantas' short-haul pilots would have their wages frozen from last March as part of the four-year deal.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas has received a boost to its aim of imposing a company-wide pay freeze after its short-haul pilots finally voted to accept a new pay deal.

Aviation

Chinese aviation tiger wants more of Australian market

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Matt O'Sullivan China Eastern plans to expand its international network, and it seems especially interested in Australia.

Transport

Chinese visitors keep airport terminals busy

Sydney and Melbourne airports have both reported a surge in international visitors.

Matt O'Sullivan A surge in Chinese visitors has again helped Melbourne and Sydney airports to boost the total number of international passing through their terminals.

Aviation

Flight Centre shares slump 10 per cent following profit warning

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Matt O'Sullivan Flight Centre has warned that earnings could fall as much as 4 per cent this financial year as weak consumer sentiment in Australia forces it to discount ticket prices in order to stimulate demand.

Qantas, Emirates under pressure to slash surcharges as oil price hits five-year low

Matt O'Sullivan Pressure is mounting on Qantas, Emirates and Virgin Australia to cut fuel surcharges on international tickets as oil prices hit five-years lows and a fuel monitoring group demands the competition...

Aviation

ACCC fights back over Air New Zealand, Garuda cartel decision

Qantas and Air New Zealand were among 13 airlines accused of    air freight price fixing.

Matt O'Sullivan The legal battle over alleged air freight price-fixing is continuing with the competition watchdog appealing against a decision to dismiss action against Air New Zealand and Garuda Indonesia.

Aviation

Qantas benefits from third straight month of yield rise

This is the fourth turn-back incident for Qantas in just two days.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas has reported its third consecutive month of growth in yields – or return on fares – as it benefits from a truce in the capacity war with Virgin Australia.

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Sydney siege: Business disruption as thousands of office workers evacuated or locked down

Police have evacuated the area around Martin Place in Sydney's CBD.

Matt O'Sullivan and Clancy Yeates Thousands of white-collar workers from some of Australia's biggest financial institutions have been evacuated from buildings in Sydney's CBD or told to stay inside as a siege takes place in the...