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QANTAS JEOPARDISES TOURISM AND FURTHER TRASHES ITS BRAND IN THE NT
Territory unions have slammed decisions by Qantas to seriously cut services to the NT which threaten local industry and jobs to the point that Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has just about taken the’ NT’ out of the airlines iconic brand.
Unions NT President Heinz Schmitt said ‘it is difficult not to show contempt for the company. Unions NT has urged the NT and Federal Governments to step up and act with unions and the community to protect tourism industry jobs and regional economies that will be reeling under these proposed, short-sighted reforms. If the ‘NT” and Queensland removed the ‘Q’ from this company the brand will be left with the acronym ‘AAS’ which characterises how the Qantas CEO has been acting.
Mr Schmitt said that “the NT needs to make sure that the opportunities presenting themselves to the NT over the next couple of years are not further undermined by the little Irish raider in charge of Qantas. Qantas has treated Territorians with contempt over the last couple of years. We get old fleet planes with little to no service. Qantas club members when forced to fly other airlines due to the lack of local services available find Qantas closed most times. Given that the airline was started in the NT, this treatment of Territorians is appalling. Service within the NT are sub standard and overpriced. A two hour flight to Alice Springs costs you generally over $500 and seats are often sold out.
“On a recent trip to an NT Jobs Expo in New Zealand, NT industry representatives experienced an old plane from Darwin to Sydney on a 4 hour flight, and a modern one for the 2 ½ hour flight from Sydney to Auckland. Territory business people and travellers have been overcharged for flights for years and had to put up with extra accommodation costs due to ridiculous flight times and lack of choice”, said Mr Schmitt
“It is time that the Federal Government opens up the Australian airways to proper competition and lets other airlines that fly from the eastern seaboard to Asia land and pick up passengers in Darwin”, said Mr Schmitt.
Qantas obviously does not want to fly here, so why should people in the NT suffer because the so- called former national air carrier is abandoning the NT.
Unions NT’ calls on the NT Government to advance the process of having the ‘NT’ actually removed from Qantas, as Qaas is removing the NT from its services. If Queensland decides to join in, I guess we can all figure out what is left of the former brand said Mr Schmitt.
For further information contact Heinz Schmitt Unions NT President on 89 467231 or 0419660650
Published: 25 May 2012
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