“Changes to the Qantas and Jetstar network in the Northern Territory are at the expense of Regional Territorians in Central Australia.” Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon said today.
Mr Snowdon was expressing his disappointment at the timing of the announcement and the lack of prior consultation regarding the detail of the changes with key stakeholders in Central Australia.
“My office was contacted on Monday afternoon at 2pm with an offer of a phone briefing on Tuesday morning of what changes Qantas would be making. Qantas announced the changes on Tuesday morning.”
“Key stakeholder have expressed similar comments on Social Media and radio interviews on the ABC.”
The discounted fare offer and increased capacity for leisure travel to Darwin is welcomed but Centralians are constantly traveling to other capital cities paying premium prices for airfares and there is no discount on these fares.
“There will now be less capacity for Centralians to travel directly to Cairns and Perth”
“Today, I have had contact with Qantas Government and Public Relations and am arranging a face to face meeting to be fully briefed on the detail of the changes and impact on Central Australia.
“I can appreciate that Qantas have made these route changes to increase inbound tourism into the Territory and the NT Government is supportive of those changes and there will be increased economic benefit to Yulara and the rest of Central Australia, but Alice Springs will have less capacity to access Qantas flights as of April 2019”
“I would encourage people to let me know their thoughts on the changes so I can raise them at my meeting with Qantas.”