Qantas, enjoying the fruits of its turnaround back to profit, will increase its core tariff for fares sold in Australia for travel on the joint Qantas and Emirates routes, Qantas routes to South Africa, Hawaii, South America, Hong Kong, China, The Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia.
Effective for sales and tickets on/after Thursday 29 October 2015, for travel on/after the same date, fares will increase on average between 1% and 4% depending on the cabin and route, the carrier has announced.
Any existing bookings, including published, private and wholesale fares in all cabins, must be ticketed on/before 28 October 2015 or within the Ticketing Time Limit, whichever is earlier, otherwise the increased fare levels will apply.
Qantas says it considers a range of factors in setting fare levels, including overall market conditions, demand and capacity.
“We aim to offer a range of competitive fares while continuing to represent excellent value for our customers,” a spokesperson said.
The increase could see economy class fares rise by AUD 10 to AUD 40, and business class fares grow by AUD 20 to AUD 200, depending on the routes, according to an analysis by Fairfax Media.
Thus return economy fares to Singapore, Bangkok, Auckland, Hong Kong would rise by between AUD 10 and AUD 20, business fares to Auckland between AUD 30 and AUD 60, and business fares to Singapore and Bangkok by AUD 50 to AUD 80. Return first class fares to London would rise by AUD 120.
Written by Peter Needham