Australia Govt will monitor but not intervene on issue of Canberra-Sydney flight cancellations

    Australia‘s Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester stated the federal government was seeking answers about the higher than usual rates of cancellations on service between Canberra and Sydney, but federal intervention was not warranted (SMH, 28-Nov-2017). “The Australian government has been liaising with airlines about the recent decline in reliability and is closely monitoring recent on time performance statistics”, Mr Chester said. Mr Chester added: “Clearly, it is in the interest of airlines to operate their flights on time and I understand airlines are taking action to improve performance, including adjustments to scheduling and network operations. On time performance is expected to improve in coming months, and while a taskforce is not currently considered necessary, the government will continue to monitor the situation”. Canberra Airport had earlier called on Mr Chester and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to take action into the cancellations, stating passengers paid premium prices for flights to and from Canberra and reliable service was absent on the route.