Thursday 24th of April 2014

News from Compare Car Rentals Australia.

  • Aussie airports feature poorly as world’s best airports named

    Changi Airport in Singapore has dominated the annual Skytrax Airport Awards, taking out the prestigious awards of Best Airport, Airport of the Year, Best Airport Leisure Facilities and Best Airport – Asia.

    The Skytrax awards are based on surveys conducted with 9.8 million regular travellers, and as a result are considered to be the most prestigious awards in the industry. Australian airports featured poorly in the list, with only Brisbane Airport making the top 20 at number 18.

    Chairman of Skytrax, Edward Plaisted, said that it was a very close finish, with Singapore Changi edging ahead from Seoul’s Incheon International Airport to take out the 2010 title.

    New Zealand fared well, with Auckland Airport finding a place in the top 10. Auckland International Airport took out the Best Airport –… Read the full story


  • Tiger Airways launches $15 sale

    Aussie low-cost carrier Tiger Airways has unveiled a one-day sale with over 10,000 airfares on sale from $15, as it prepares to commence flying to Brisbane. The fares are available on several routes including Melbourne to Hobart, Sydney or Adelaide, as well as from the Gold Coast  and Adelaide to Sydney.

    According to Consumer Communication Manager for Tiger Airways Australia, Vanessa Regan, the sale applies to many popular routes. She went on to say that it in addition to the 10,000 seats form just $15, the airline was also selling many other routes from as little as $25 across the rest of the network.

    Jetstar has launched a sale of their own, with fares form Melbourne to the Gold Coast from $59, Adelaide to Sydney from $69 and from Brisbane to… Read the full story


  • Australians hit by World Cup prices

    Australian soccer fans planning to head to the world cup are being forced to pay top price by tour operators, as return tickets to Johannesburg have increased by over $400 in the last two weeks.

    With under four months until the world’s biggest sporting event takes place in South Africa, Consumer Affairs Victoria has issued a warning to diehard supporters to read the fine print on special deals or face getting ripped of.

    In the past fortnight, return flights to Johannesburg have gone up by over $400, while supporters who have not yet made any bookings face a bill over $12,000.

    Australian based, FIFA accredited tour operators have defended the prices, with many only including basic tent accommodation, breakfast and tickets to the three Australian games.

    One World Cup fan… Read the full story


  • Emergency inspections ordered for Qantas and Virgin Blue 737 jets.

    Emergency checks have been ordered for 600 Boeing 737 jets are to be conducted around the globe after concerns a faulty mechanism could make the aircraft uncontrollable.

    Both Qantas and Virgin Blue have been affected by an emergency airworthiness directive handed out by the US Federal Aviation Administration about the issue, however the carriers said that passengers would not be affected by the checks.

    The order was given after an incident which took place on the 2nd of March when a Ryanair 737-800 flying from the Netherlands to Madrid experienced severe vibrations which forced the plane to divert to Belgium.

    Upon landing, it was discovered that there had been extensive damage to the left elevator, a movable flap on the horizontal tail that controls the pitch of the aircraft, was… Read the full story


  • Aussie travellers not likely affected by British Airways strike

    Australian travellers flying on the Kangaroo route from Australia to London on British Airways may not have their travel plans affected due to a looming strike by the airline’s cabin crew next weekend.

    Cabin crew for the airline will be striking over pay reductions and cuts in staffing levels on long haul flights, from 14 crew to 13.  The first strike is set to take place from the 20th of March.

    Meanwhile, a source close to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown refused to confirm or deny that the PM had held discussions with the union, Unite, representing the cabin crew.

    British media have widely reported that the PM contacted the general secretary of the union to talk about possible solutions to the problem.

    The stop-work is expected to last for three… Read the full story


  • BA still holding hopes averting strike action

    The UK’s national carrier, British Airways, has announced that it has put forward a last minute counter offer to union Unite over a looming strike by the airline’s flight attendants.  The airline has made an offer to Unite, the union representing the cabin crew, of a 2.6 pay cut.  The union has said that it was concerned oer the offer and has put forward its own list of savings in the form of more cabin crew working on a part time basis.

    The union said that it believes that BA has accepted a partial repeal of cuts to staffing levels on long haul flights, but wants fewer crew on board than what has been proposed by Unite.  The union also wants the airline to clear the names of 37 staff who are facing… Read the full story


  • British Airways close to deal with cabin crew

    Travellers who are scheduled on board British Airways flights will today know if their travel plans will be interrupted by a planned strike by cabin crew for the airline.

    The union representing flight attendance of British Airways, Unite, said that they are close to reaching a deal with the airlkine that could prevent the need for any strike action, but also hit back at claims made by the airline’s chief executive Willie Walsh.

    The dispute commenced last autumn following the airline freezing pay and cutting around 1700 positions, bringing down the number of cabin crew on long haul jumbo jet flights from 15 to 14.

    On Wednesday, Walsh claimed that it was ready as it could be to fly, with over 1000 non cabin crew staff prepared to fly and… Read the full story


  • Qantas hits back at gender discrimination claims

    Australia’s flagship carrier Qantas has knocked back claims by unions of a group of female workers were sacked based on gender discrimination.

    The union said that the 14 female cleaners had been replaced in February by males who could also work as baggage handlers.

    An application was launched in Fair Work Australia by the Transport Workers’ Union for reinstatement saying that the women had been discriminated against as they had been barred from applying for 47 new positions that went to male employees.

    The airline has hit back at claims by saying that the union’s focus on Qantas was part of a campaign to damage the brand of the iconic carrier by trying to claim gender discrimination.

    The airline said that over 40 per cent of employees were women.

    The… Read the full story


  • AirAsia to list on stock exchange

    The largest budget airline in Southeast Asia, AirAsia plans to list on the Thai and Indonesian stock exchanges in an attempt to tap into the regions capital markets, in spite of the rough year for airlines.

    AirAsia presently has the most extensive network in Southeast Asia, serving over 70 destinations across 20 nations, and has grown significantly from just two planes to its current fleet of 85 in just seven years.

    Now AirAsia, currently listed only in Malaysia, would like to list itself and its Thai affiliate in Thailand, as well as the Indonesian affiliate in Indonesia.

    Group chief executive of the airline, Tony Fernandes, believed the move would give it more of a Southeast Asian identity, saying that the company would like to see as many ASEAN investors by… Read the full story


  • British Airways hosties in hot water after pics end up on porn site

    While news of a strike looms, and the airline industry suffers it’s worst year on record, trouble keeps cropping up for British Airays as images have been leaked onto a porn website allegedly showing cabin crew in sexy poses.

    The images were said to have been taken by staff that were fooling around on aircraft and were meant for their friends’ eyes only, it was reported.

    However, the pictures emerged on a hard-core porn website yesterday, embarrassing the women involved.

    The photos reveal the cabin crew, wearing distinctive red, white and blue uniforms, lifting up their skirts to show their stockings and bottoms.

    One source said that they were never intended to get out and never had occurred if they knew it would end up on a porn site.

    British… Read the full story