Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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

Virgin stake still appeals to Etihad

Etihad Airways.

Matt O'Sullivan Middle Eastern airline Etihad remains interested in taking a stake in Virgin Australia once a foreign ownership cap is lifted later this month but emphasises that it ''must be for the right reasons''.

Scramble for Virgin takes off

Virgin Blue

Matt O'Sullivan With the airline's restructure to open doors for foreign investors, who will take the plunge?

Virgin seeks perfect match, with sky the limit

Virgin Atlantic airplane

Matt O'sullivan After a long stalemate, the game will finally begin in three weeks. The completion of a shake-up to Virgin Australia's ownership structure will clear the way for foreign airlines and institutions to...

Tiger to add jobs at Sydney base


Matt O'Sullivan Tiger Airways confirms it has selected Sydney Airport as its second aircraft base in Australia, creating 150 jobs in the process.

Qantas pilots vow not to strike


Matt O'sullivan Qantas pilots have vowed not to take stop-work action if successful in appealing ban on industrial action.

Qantas South Africa code-share deal out


Matt O'Sullivan Aviation authorities have thrown out Qantas' demands for an extension of its alliance.

Regulator sends Qantas's SAA plans packing

Matt O'Sullivan Aviation authorities have thrown out Qantas’s demands for a five-year extension of its alliance with South Africa Airways for flights between Australia and Johannesburg.

Dividends depend on French toll roads, says Macquarie Atlas boss

Matt O'sullivan MACQUARIE ATLAS ROADS expects to make its first dividend payments next year, but has cautioned they will be dependent on the performance of its key French toll road network.

Virgin lifts fares to cover carbon tax


Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia will charge passengers as much as $6 extra for domestic flights to cover the cost of the federal government's carbon tax.

United upbeat on trans-Pacific route


Matt O'Sullivan UNITED AIRLINES expects competition for passengers on flights between Australia and the US - one of Australia's main international air routes - to remain stiff despite strong demand for services as...

Air NZ mum on Virgin tactics

Air New Zealand

Matt O'Sullivan Air New Zealand admits Virgin Australia's shake-up will create 'options and opportunities'.

Air NZ looks to Virgin to help end slump

Matt O'Sullivan AIR NEW ZEALAND admits that Virgin Australia's shake up of its ownership structure will create ''options and opportunities'' but is staying silent on whether it might raise its cornerstone stake.

Air NZ mulls increasing Virgin stake


Matt O'Sullivan Air New Zealand admits that Virgin Australia's sweeping changes to its ownership structure will create 'options and opportunities.'

Sydney Airport 'can cope' with demand


Matt O'Sullivan SYDNEY AIRPORT'S chief executive, Kerrie Mather, has insisted that the airport has the ability to cope with increased demand for flights until at least 2050, despite the federal government stating...

Virgin move opens foreign door


Matt O'Sullivan Virgin has opened the way for foreign airlines to gain cornerstone stakes in its domestic operations.

Virgin courts foreign owners

Virgin Atlantic airplane

Matt O'sullivan VIRGIN AUSTRALIA has opened the way for foreign airlines such as Etihad to gain cornerstone stakes in its domestic operations after unveiling sweeping changes to its ownership structure.

Coal a growth engine for Asciano

Matt O'Sullivan Ports and rail company Asciano expects earnings to be stronger in the second half, as it benefits from new contracts and fewer disruptions to its coal-haulage operations.

Rebound rouses Flight Centre

Matt O'Sullivan Travel retailer takes confidence from a increase in demand from leisure travellers last month.

Mining eases Downer woes

Matt O'sullivan DOWNER EDI has ruled out selling its under-performing New Zealand operations but will seek to strip costs from it as management is finally able to switch focus from the Waratah trains debacle in NSW.

Downer to trim NZ operation

Matt O'sullivan Engineering company seeks to strip costs as management switches focus from Waratah debacle.