Australian Aviation and Airfare Analysis – Full-Year Edition

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The Australian Aviation and Airfare Analysis – Full-Year Edition highlights that despite modest increases to domestic fares on most routes late last year, customers will continue to benefit from ticket affordability.

The report, which is published by 4th Dimension, Flight Centre Travel Group’s business travel consulting division and CAPA – Centre for Aviation, includes a full-year study of domestic airfares and the aviation sector in 2014. It also includes an industry outlook for 2015.

Graham Turner Managing Director, Flight Centre Travel Group says in the report: “Today’s traveller reaps the benefit of living in the ‘golden era of travel’ and will continue to, for at least another two decades. Domestic and international air travel now represents unprecedented value for customers in terms of price and product.

CEO of Travelport Gordon Wilson adds: “the airline industry will remain highly competitive but progressive in its product and service offerings. In many cases, consumers will effectively pay the same or perhaps more for tickets despite fuel price reductions as airlines substitute surcharges for baseline price increases and additional fees for unbundled services.”

Steve Limbrick Executive Manager of Qantas Sales, Marketing and Distribution, made reference in his commentary to travel safety and security, saying: “Price competitiveness will always be fundamental. Clearly though, the concept of duty of care for corporate travellers is broader than price alone. And it’s the responsibility of airlines as providers of travel to explain what we can offer in more sophisticated terms.”

4th Dimension General Manager Virginia Fitzpatrick said some of the findings from the benchmarking study were eye opening: “Following on from our mid-year report in 2014, which indicated a dip in corporate travel airfares of about 2.8%, we were surprised to see these trends had in most cases reversed by December 2014.

The study also showed that retail or leisure travel passengers flying from Sydney to Perth or Melbourne copped price increases of 6.9% and 6.3% respectively.

 

 

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