Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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


Virgin Australia flies back into profit

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia has posted a $55 million pre-tax profit in the second quarter of this financial year as it benefits from a truce in its battle with Qantas in the domestic air-travel market and keeps...


Virgin Australia crew lose pillow fight over allowances at LA hotels

Virgin Australia said it narrowed its first-half statutory net loss.

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia flight attendants have lost their long-running pillow fight over allowances, which started when management switched swanky hotels in Los Angeles for their overnight stays.


Qantas expands Sydney-Vancouver flights to meet holiday demand

The airline decided to put on more direct flights between Sydney and Vancouver after strong demand from customers last month.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas will expand its seasonal flying to Vancouver this year after a strong response from customers to the introduction of direct services to the Canadian city during the northern winter holiday...


Pilots worried about slack security checks on people with access to aircraft secure areas

Operating expenses for security at airports in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth rose almost three-fold to more than $160 million in the 10 years to 2012-13.

Matt O'Sullivan Commercial airline pilots have warned that there are "little or at best desultory" checks on staff who have access to what should be secure areas at airports such as parking spots for aircraft.


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.


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.


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...


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...


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...


Jetstar pilots on course for strike action


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


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.