Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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

Aviation

Qantas direct flights to Vancouver target peak ski season

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas will operate six return flights between Sydney and Vancouver in January to take advantage of increased demand during the northern winter holiday season.

Aviation

Subsidy for regional air services reinstated after pressure from carriers

Rex has been pushing the Coalition to live up to its promise to reinstate subsidies for regional air services.

Matt O'Sullivan The Abbott government has finally reinstated a subsidy scheme for airlines flying on minor regional routes following pressure from carriers such as Regional Express.

Aviation

Charter airlines withstand subdued mining outlook

Matt O'Sullivan Aviation charter companies such as Qantas subsidiary Network Aviation are yet to experience further weakness in demand for fly-in, fly-out services despite iron-ore prices sinking to five-year lows

Tigerair to crack down on over-size cabin baggage

Does it fit? Jetstar will crack down on oversized carry-on bags.

Matt O'Sullivan Tigerair Australia has joined its arch-rival, Jetstar, in cracking down on passengers who do not toe the line with its carry-on baggage rules.

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Budget Airlines

Filipino airline tells government to 'lighten up'

Matt O'Sullivan Budget airline Cebu Pacific will pressure the federal government to allow it to increase services on the heavily restricted Australia-Philippines route.

Aviation

Qantas cancels A380 flights due to weak demand

Qantas has cut back on services using the giant A380 due to weak demand.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas has cancelled five return A380 superjumbo flights over the next two months between its new overseas hub in Dubai and London because of weak seasonal demand.

Airfares

Trans-Tasman airfares near record lows

The battle between the alliance partners of Qantas and Air New Zealand has taken trans-Tasman airfares close to record lows.

Matt O'Sullivan Fares on the hotly contested trans-Tasman route have reached near-record lows as the battle between airline alliance groups intensifies.

Regulator airs concerns about Wotif takeover

Wotif is a major source of bookings in Australia and charges a lower rate than Expedia.

Matt O'Sullivan The competition regulator is concerned that Expedia’s proposed $703 million takeover of online travel company Wotif.com could lead to the enlarged company charging higher commissions to hotels.

Aviation

Qantas chief Alan Joyce's pay falls

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has received a 40 per cent fall in his take-home pay to just over $2 million this year.

Aviation

Schoolkids tip balance of Qantas plane

Struggling to do the math: Qantas miscalculated a plane's take-off weight by using adult weight figures on a flight where children made up more than half of the passengers.

Matt O'Sullivan A Qantas passenger jet became ‘‘nose-heavy’’ during take off from Canberra Airport because sales staff had over-estimated the weight of a large group of primary school...

Aviation

Virgin sued for $14m for alleged breaches of John Holland aircraft maintenance contracts

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Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia faces a damages claim totalling almost $14 million for alleged breaches of aircraft maintenance contracts with the defunct aviation arm of Leighton Holdings subsidiary John Holland.

Aviation

Qantas staff await grim news on possible compulsory redundancies

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Matt O'sullivan Qantas back-office staff will know by June 30 whether the airline will be forced to pursue compulsory redundancies from their ranks as part of a $2 billion cost-cutting program.

Aviation

Fares to Singapore to creep higher

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Matt O'Sullivan Fares for flights between Australia and Singapore are expected to rise only modestly despite Singapore Airlines reducing the number of A380 superjumbos it flies on the key international route, travel...

Ports

DP World posts $68m annual loss

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Matt O'Sullivan Australia's largest ports operator expecting to face more competition in coming years.

Aviation

Sydney Airport looks west

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Matt O'Sullivan Sydney Airport is expected to take up its right to build and run a new $2.5 billion airport in the city's west but not before it secures a deal on 'suitable terms' from negotiations with the...

Aviation

Badgerys Creek: New airport will need boosting, says Avalon boss

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Matt O'Sullivan Wester Sydney's new airport will be doomed if it is forced to compete without rules to ensure growth, according to Avalon Airport chief Justin Giddings.

Competition

Government must ensure Sydney Airport doesn't 'smash' Badgerys Creek

Matt O'Sullivan A new $2.5 billion airport in western Sydney will be doomed to fail if it is forced to compete directly against the incumbent without strict rules in place to ensure its growth, the boss of an...

Aviation

Qantas trims Dubai-London services in wake of demand slowdown

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Matt O'Sullivan Qantas cancels three A380 super-jumbo flights next month due to weak demand.

Aviation

Qantas cuts back London flights

Grounded Qantas aircraft are seen parked at Heathrow Airport in west London October 29, 2011. Australia's Qantas Airways grounded its entire fleet on Saturday over a bitter labour dispute in an unprecedented move that prompted the government to warn it feared for the airline's future and would seek action to end the dispute.   REUTERS/Paul Hackett  (BRITAIN - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TRAVEL)

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas has cancelled three return A380 flights next month between its new overseas hub in Dubai and London due to weak demand ahead of the peak travel season in the northern hemisphere.

Aviation

Major carriers scrapping for precious cargo

Matt O'Sullivan The once-lucrative air-freight market is gasping for air, writes Matt O'Sullivan.