Geoffrey Thomas, AirlineRatings.com founder predicted the Australian airline chaos and high airfares that have plagued the country’s airline industry since travel restrictions were lifted in that country.
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In a far-ranging interview with Australia’s Skynews in 2020, he urged the government to rescue Virgin Australia and also fund Qantas because many other airlines were being supported by their respective governments with tens of billions of assistance.
Qantas did get $2 billion in job keeper and other funding to keep the airline’s Australia network operating a limited schedule and help pay staff. However, for instance, in 2020 Lufthansa received over A$15 billion in capital injection or loan guarantees, which has since been repaid.
The Australian government did not rescue Virgin, which went into receivership and was acquired by Bain Capital.
Since Australia’s borders reopened early in 2022 the airline chaos has been unprecedented because the staff that was forced out due to limited government assistance have left the industry.
Here is the interview.
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