Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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

Qantas benefits from demand for flights from Cricket World Cup supporters

Matt O'Sullivan Domestic fares are on the rise, helping Qantas post another month of higher returns in the key domestic market as it benefited from the Cricket World Cup boosting demand for flights,

Bali Nine executions haven't dented demand for Bali holidays

Bali remains one of the most popular overseas destinations for Australians.

Matt O'Sullivan Australians are voicing their abhorrence at the executions of the Bali 9 duo but Qantas and Webjet say travellers show no sign of boycotting popular tourist destinations in Indonesia such as Bali.

Virgin Australia names Elizabeth Bryan as new chairman, succeeding Neil Chatfield

Virgin Australia has appointed Elizabeth Bryan as chairman, a role she also fills for Caltex.

Matt O'Sullivan Elizabeth Bryan's selection as chairman comes ahead of the release on Friday of Virgin's quarterly earnings results, which are expected to show the airline continuing to benefit from the end to a...

Airbus tips demand for bigger planes as airlines squeeze in more passengers

Qantas has 12 A380s in its fleet which can each carry 484 passengers on routes to Los Angeles, London, Dallas and Hong Kong.

Matt O'Sullivan Airbus insists airlines will increasingly order larger aircraft due to congested airports and soaring demand for travel, despite lacklustre sales of its flagship A380 superjumbos.

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Victoria government, Linfox inject $26m to keep Jetstar flying to Avalon

Avalon Airport has struggled to compete against Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport.

Matt O'Sullivan Jetstar has committed to increasing flights to Avalon Airport near Geelong after the Victorian government and the airport's owner, Linfox, agreed to a $26 million funding lifeline over the next...

Mining slowdown hits Perth Airport as charter airlines under pressure

Regional operations for Qantas and Virgin have been aggressively targeting mining contracts over recent years.

Matt O'Sullivan Perth Airport has suffered its first decline in quarterly passenger traffic in 12 years because of a fall in mining activity in Western Australia leading to a drop in domestic travellers.

Australia-South America airfares under pressure

LAN Airlines has begun flying its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners between Sydney and Santiago via Auckland.

Matt O'Sullivan There's relief in sight for Australian travellers who have long complained about the high cost of flights to South America, as Chile's LAN Airlines and Qantas increase capacity, and Air New Zealand...

Sydney storm: Pilots step up as weather batters Sydney Airport

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Matt O'Sullivan With southerly winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour, passengers have endured hair-raising landings at Sydney Airport over the last three days.

AirAsia X assures regulator it will compensate disrupted passengers

AirAsia X received a backlash from passengers after it cancelled flights between Adelaide and Kuala Lumpur, and delayed services on Melbourne-Bali.

Matt O'Sullivan AirAsia X has copped criticism from passengers and the competition regulator for the way it dealt with passengers, it's now trying to respond to all claims in two weeks.

Pressure grows on ACCC to drop opposition to Qantas-China Eastern alliance

The ACCC has been criticised for not rolling out the red carpet for the aviation deal.

Matt O'Sullivan Peak tourism and transport lobby group along with the long-haul pilots' union have labelled the regulator's stance on the partnership 'somewhat unbalanced'.

Qantas resumes Perth to Singapore flights after one year absence

Qantas will fly the Boeing 737-800 on its renewed Perth to Singapore service.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas will return to flying on the Perth to Singapore route after a year-long absence with five weekly return services.

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Sydney Airport names Trevor Gerber as chairman to succeed Max Moore-Wilton

Sydney Airport director Trevor Gerber has been appointed the new chairman to succeed Max Moore-Wilton.

Matt O'Sullivan Sydney Airport has appointed director Trevor Gerber as the successor for long-time chairman Max Moore-Wilton when he steps down next month.

Qantas risks large fines, losing slots at Heathrow for late A380s: internal memo

Qantas A380

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas risks significant penalties at London's heavily congested Heathrow Airport because too many of its flagship A380 super-jumbos have been arriving late.

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Air NZ competes with Qantas on Texas route, with new flight to Houston

Air New Zealand will begin competing with Qantas on trans-Pacific service to Texas when it starts flying its new route to Houston before Christmas.

Matt O'Sullivan Air New Zealand will start competing with Qantas on flights to Texas as it begins a trans-Pacific service to the oil capital of Houston.

Virgin to offer free food and checked baggage across domestic network

Virgin will offer complimentary food on flights across its domestic network.

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia will offer free food and checked baggage to passengers on flights across its entire domestic network as it endeavours to chip away at Qantas’ grip on the market.

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Government backs Qantas Airways, China Eastern alliance

China Eastern and Qantas have 19 flights a week between them on the Sydney-Shanghai route.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas has gained crucial government support for its plans to cement a stronger alliance with China Eastern.

Social media voice not new, just louder

Social media rage

Matt O'Sullivan Social media is touted as a great leveller and a challenger to corporate spin. In the travel industry, TripAdvisor is one of the best known outlets for reviews of hotels, restaurants and other...

Virgin holds title of most punctual airline for fourth month in a row

Virgin chief executive John Borghetti has announced the appointment of Sterling Brain as the new CFO of Velocity as the loyalty business moves to its

Matt O'Sullivan The punctuality of flights is especially important for Qantas and Virgin as they compete for high-yielding business travellers.

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Tigerair in talks with Victoria's Avalon Airport about resuming services as Jetstar weighs a pull-out

The likelihood of Tigerair resuming services to Avalon is expected to be contingent on Jetstar pulling out after 11 years of flying to the airport, west of Melbourne and closer to Geelong.

Matt O'Sullivan Tigerair Australia is talking to Avalon Airport near Geelong about resuming services there after a four-year absence.

Robb pushes for opening of routes to foreign carriers

Emirates and fellow Gulf carriers Etihad and Qatar Airways have been accused of receiving government subsidies.

Matt O'Sullivan Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb says Australia should take advantage of Middle Eastern nations subsidising their airlines because it will help boost the number of foreign tourists to our...