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Qantas makes the news often enough to break anyone’s Top 10 story list, but with job cuts, an ongoing battle with rival carrier Virgin Australia, a suspended partnership with Tourism Australia and the threat of erasing the Flying Kangaroo from the skies altogether, 2012 has been a particularly headline-grabbing year for the airline.
According to Sky News, the outlook for 2013 is too much cheerier: a lack of growth in passenger numbers has resulted in fallen revenue seat factors (calculated by the number of passengers flown and the distance they flew).
“While we still expect that Qantas retains the lion's share of premium travel, the subdued economic environment on the east coast, partnered with the uncertainty in the mining states, will result in continued pressure on the demand side and ultimately yields,” Macquarie analysts Russell Shaw and David McGregor said in a research note the October monthly operating statistics, Sky News reported.
“Commentary around cutbacks in major mining houses and even government expenditure only adds to the challenges facing mainline domestic's underlying operating trends.”