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Airfare war in Australia sparks online stampede

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1. Posted by Needabed (Full Member 25 posts) 13y

(MELBOURNE) Australia's newest budget airline caused a ticketing stampede, selling more than 60,000 cut-price fares and receiving more than 5.5 million hits on its website.

Jetstar chief executive Alan Joyce said the company had been inundated with inquiries since the A$29 (S$3 tickets went on sale on Thursday.

Cut-price competitor Virgin Blue also sold 60,000 tickets by Thursday night after it announced a deal for twice as many seats at the same price.

If both airlines sold all of their 60,000 tickets at A$29 each, they would have generated turnover of nearly A$1.9 million each within 24 hours.

Jetstar, based in Melbourne, starts flying on May 25 with flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to 10 eastern-state destinations.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5906 posts) 13y

Interestingly now, Qantas has also started bumping already booked passengers to Jetstar, refunding the price difference. Of course, now those passengers don't get the fully serviced flight they though they would and don't get the Frequent Flyer points either. Seems like a PR blunder to me

Hopefully these developments will keep driving airfares in Australia lower!

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5906 posts) 13y

After Qantas had announced it would cancel all its flights to Hobart and replace them with Jetstar flights, the Tasmanian business community and Frequent Flyers were rather annoyed. Thankfully Qantas did a backflip yesterday and has said two of its ten flights will remain.