Qantas

A government bailout isn’t economically viable because Virgin Australia does not satisfy a number of conditions. Photo: Shutterstock

While a second airline is valuable to provide competition for Qantas, a government bailout of Virgin is not desirable. 

Qantas grounds international fleet at Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney NSW.

The COVID-19 emergency has the potential to trigger the collapse of some airlines in Australia. But with its high ‘public good’ value, a future without Qantas is one we cannot afford, says Tim Harcourt.

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What’s next for Qantas? A great deal of uncertainty about its ownership, operational structure and the possibility of support from government. The only certainty is that 5,000 staff will lose their jobs, writes Richard Holden. 

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There are ways for the government to throw the struggling airline a lifeline without stifling competition, writes Richard Holden. 

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China is on the verge of transforming the global aviation industry and Qantas is likely to benefit, writes Laurie Pearcey.

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The use of "final offer" arbitration could lead to more efficient dispute resolutions, saving conflicted parties time, money and reputation, write Rohan Alexander and Ben O'Neill.

Tiger

Virgin Australia has announced a series of deals that will see it take a controlling stake in low cost carrier Tiger Airways, which will help cement its move to a premium airline, says Ian Douglas.

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Larry Dwyer, Qantas Professor of Travel and Tourism Economics from the University of New South Wales, has been recognised for his outstanding contributions to tourism.