Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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


Qantas pay card wins tick of approval from advisers despite concerns about Alan Joyce's fixed pay

Matt O'Sullivan The overall pay for Qantas’ executive team has gained a tick of approval from advisers to large shareholders, although they point out that the fixed salary for chief executive Alan Joyce is...

Consumer sentiment weak, says Jetstar chief

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas’ budget offshoot, Jetstar, concedes consumer sentiment remains weak as it battles Tigerair Australia for price-sensitive leisure travellers in the domestic market.


ACCC clears Expedia takeover of Wotif

Large hotel chains tend to receive up to 20 per cent of their bookings through online travel agents such as Wotif, while smaller operators rely on them for more than half.

Matt O'Sullivan The competition watchdog has cleared the way for Expedia to complete its $703 million takeover of online travel company Wotif.


Virgin Australia expands code-share alliances with Delta and South African

Virgin Australia is expanding its virtual international network.

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia has expanded its code-share alliances with US carrier Delta Air Lines and South African Airways in a further attempt to boost the reach of its so-called...


Virgin's John Borghetti beats Qantas' Alan Joyce in pay stakes, collecting $2.8 million

John Borghetti

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti has beaten his rival at Qantas, Alan Joyce, on a measure closest to the hearts of most executives – base pay and bonuses

Air New Zealand says trans-Tasman routes 'preforming well' despite lower Australian dollar

Matt O'Sullivan Air New Zealand’s routes between Australia and New Zealand have been performing well despite a lower Australian dollar impacting revenue, the airline’s chief executive, Christopher Luxon,...


Qantas close to engineers pay deal in major step towards $2 billion cost cut

A new deal between Qantas and unions could see 65 engineers back at work.

Matt O'Sullivan One of the Qantas unions at the centre of the 2011 industrial dispute that grounded the airline is close to an agreement on a new four-year deal that includes a pay freeze for the first 18 months.


Qantas' international operations 'turning the corner' says Alan Joyce

Qantas boss Alan Joyce continues to be optimistic about the company's future.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says the airline's loss-making international operations are "turning the corner" as it boosts services on higher yielding routes to North America and benefits from a...

Low-cost airlines struggling to gain altitude in battle for Asian skies

The aircraft storage at Alice Springs, the brainchild of Tom Vincent.

Matt O'Sullivan Alongside the runway at Alice Springs Airport sits one of the world’s newest aircraft ‘boneyards’.


Outback plane graveyard at Alice Springs welcomes first arrivals

The Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage facility in Alice Springs could eventually hold several hundred planes.

Matt O'Sullivan It is Australia’s dead centre – where our old planes can now go to die. After a slow start, passenger jets including a Qantas 767 and four Airbus single-aisle planes from Tigerair...


Kate Lahey to replace Bruce Baird at peak tourism and transport lobby group

Matt O'Sullivan Former Business Council of Australia chief executive Katie Lahey has been selected to replace Bruce Baird as chair of peak lobby group Tourism and Transport Forum.

Regional Express to cut flights on 'marginal routes' in NSW

Matt O'Sullivan Australia’s largest independent regional airline, Regional Express, will cut the number of flights on several regional routes in NSW because of heavy losses.


Qantas accused of sending more call-centre jobs overseas

Australian-based customer service will soon be the preserve of Qantas' premium passengers.

Matt O'Sullivan Unions have accused Qantas of sending more work offshore after the airline revealed it intends to boost the size of its call centre in Auckland by another 50 jobs.


Asian tourists boost traffic at Sydney and Melbourne airports

Growth prospects: Etihad will begin flying A380 superjumbos between Sydney and Abu Dhabi next year, and increase capacity by replacing some other services with larger planes.

Matt O'Sullivan An increase in international visitors is continuing to help offset subdued growth in domestic passengers at Sydney and Melbourne airports due in part to an influx of Chinese visitors.


China Eastern eager to deepen Qantas alliance

Qantas boss Alan Joyce at the inception of the alliance with China Eastern Airlines. Executives of the Chinese carrier flew to Sydney last month to expand the relationship.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas’ major partner in China, China Eastern, wants to deepen its commercial alliance with the Australian airline in an attempt to boost passenger flows onto their respective international...


Qantas direct flights to Vancouver target peak ski season

Kids ski at Whistler in British Columbia.

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.


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.


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.