Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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


Record profit for Flight Centre as Aussies take off

Matt O'Sullivan Flight Centre has broken another record after posting a 22 per cent rise in first-half net profit to $111 million as Australians' love affair with overseas travel continued unabated.


540 jobs to go as McAleese halves Cootes fuel truck fleet

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Cootes tankers at their Spotswood depot.
The Age/News, Picture Michael Clayton-Jones, Spotswood.

Matt O'Sullivan McAleese will axe about 540 jobs including truck drivers and workshop staff from Cootes Transport after deciding to halve the size of the beleaguered fuel-haulage business.

Sydney petrol stations run dry as Cootes trucks taken off the road


Nicole Hasham, Matt O'Sullivan At least two Sydney petrol stations have completely run out of fuel after fuel tankers from the troubled Cootes fleet were taken off the road.

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McAleese seeks suspension from trading as it wrestles with Cootes truck safety fallout

Matt O'Sullivan McAleese, the owner of Cootes Transport's fuel tankers, has sought a suspension from trading ahead of it revealing the details of the restructure of the trucking division and an expected...

Qantas bailout: Virgin wants to get on board

Virgin Australia Boeing 737 lands in front of grounded Qantas jets.

Adele Ferguson, Matt O'Sullivan Abbott's government will need to offer financial assistance to the country's entire aviation industry.


Treasurer Joe Hockey lines up debt facility for airline Qantas

Generic Qantas pictures at Melbourne airport. Qantas announced they will reduce staff numbers by 1000 people. 5th of December 2013 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Matt O'Sullivan A helping hand from the government will grant Alan Joyce only a temporary reprieve.


Assistance to Qantas is unfair, Virgin Australia says

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Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia has hit out at plans by the federal government to extend a helping hand to Qantas, saying any taxpayer guarantee should be extended to all airlines.


Qantas fight with unions could be just what the government wants

Alan Joyce.

Matt O'Sullivan A challenge to the power of the Qantas unions will be music to the ears of many within the government.


Lobbying over Qantas rescue paying off: unions

Generic Qantas pictures at Melbourne airport. Qantas announced they will reduce staff numbers by 1000 people. 5th of December 2013 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Matt O'Sullivan The influential pilots' union says there appears to be a growing appetite from MPs to fulfilling Qantas' pleas for federal government assistance.


Virgin's Richard Branson puts boot into Alan Joyce over Qantas' domestic market strategy

Richard Branson.

Matt O'Sullivan and Courtney Trenwith Virgin Australia founder claims Qantas boss is in 'deep shit''for sticking to his strategy of maintaining a 65 per cent share of the domestic air travel market.


Virgin’s Richard Branson escalates war of words with Qantas

Richard Branson

Matt O’Sullivan and Courtney Trenwith Virgin Australia founder Richard Branson claims Qantas boss Alan Joyce is in ‘‘deep shit’’ for sticking to his strategy of maintaining a 65 per cent share of the domestic air travel market.


Queenslanders building their own $100m airport tell Sydney: Get on with it

 NEWS - L-R, Joe and Dennis Wagner. The Wagner brothers are building an airport at Toowoomba.

Matt O'Sullivan Queensland rich-listers the Wagners thought Toowoomba needed a new airport. So they are building one. Their message for Sydney? Just get on with it.


Tiger reaches agreement with pilots

Tiger aircraft banished to the outer limits of Melbourne airport.

Matt O'Sullivan Tigerair Australia has averted the possibility of damaging industrial action by its pilots after reaching an in-principle agreement with them on a new labour agreement.


Rex hyperbole aside, Australia's airlines are genuinely hurting


Matt O'Sullivan Regional Express has a history of resorting to hyperbole, writes Matt O'Sullivan.


Rex mayday call to Tony Abbott as profit slides, industry 'collapse' looms

REX Regional Express

Matt O'Sullivan Regional Express has warned its first-half profits will slump due to fewer business travellers.


Virgin on the final retreat from our skies

Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Matt O'Sullivan Richard Branson was sporting board shorts and carrying a surfboard when he strode onto the wing of a Virgin Atlantic plane with two bikini-clad models in tow.


Virgin on course for $49m loss as war with Qantas takes toll

Qantas and Virgin.

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia confirms it will sink to a pre-tax loss of $49 million in the first half.


‘Act of God’ delays wharfie job cull at Port Botany

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Matt O'Sullivan Warfies at Sydney’s Port Botany were about to be replaced by robots. But an ‘act of God’ intervened.

Virgin Australia on track for $49m loss

The tail of a Virgin plane

Matt O’Sullivan Virgin Australia has told the market that it expects its first-half result will be ‘‘materially in line’’ with broker forecasts of a $49 million loss before tax.


Virgin Atlantic axes flights between Sydney and Hong Kong

Virgin Atlantic airplane tailfins are seen at Heathrow Airport in west London, in this file photo taken April 7, 2011. Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia have signed a long-term partnership deal which will allow the two airlines to codeshare on each other's international and domestic flights. Singapore Airlines said on Tuesday that its alliance with Virgin Australia will strengthen its case to apply for rights for trans-Pacific routes from Australia. Picture taken April 7, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/Files (BRITAIN - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS)

Matt O'Sullivan Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic will ditch flights between Sydney and Hong Kong, blaming increasing costs and a challenging economic environment.

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