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Old August 7th, 2017, 02:06 PM   #181
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Now they need to get that NZ link back.
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Old August 8th, 2017, 02:00 AM   #182
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Would not be at all suprised jarden if the first international routes to fly from Hobart are a resumption of a Kiwi service or maybe even a limited Chinese service of some form. But I think the Kiwi option is the strongest one on the back of adventure and wilderness tourism.

Anyway, the new runway extension is on track to be completed by March next year, so I think we will all know before it is offically opened for business with an international announcement.
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Old August 10th, 2017, 03:13 AM   #183
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Following on from the direct Adelaide- Hobart service announcement Qantas has launched seasonal extra capacity into Hobart...from the Muckery.

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Qantas boosts flight capacity into Hobart with larger aircraft over summer months
JESSICA HOWARD, Mercury
August 10, 2017 12:00am

QANTAS will offer more seats on their flights between Hobart and Sydney and Melbourne over the peak summer period to cater to growing interest in Tasmania.

Qantas domestic chief executive officer Andrew David told the Mercury the airline will operate its larger aircraft in and out of Hobart from December 16 to March 24, 2018.

“We’re pleased to be offering more seats for customers travelling to Hobart over the peak holiday season in the wake of the boom we’re seeing in Tasmanian tourism,” Mr David said.

“From mid-December through to the end of March we’ll operate our larger 737 aircraft on peak days from Sydney and Melbourne, adding almost 5400 seats to Hobart over the period.”

Qantas had previously operated the larger 737 aircraft during the past two peak seasons, but this will be the first time it will be extended beyond January.

The airline currently operates two daily return services between Sydney and Hobart and five daily return services between Melbourne and Hobart with the smaller 717 aircraft.

A 737 aircraft has 174 seats, 64 more than a 717 aircraft.

Over summer, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, one daily return service from Sydney and one from Melbourne will operate with a 737 instead of the 717.

On Monday, Jetstar announced it would offer direct flights between Hobart and Adelaide on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from November 14.

Up to 55,000 people are expected to travel on the flights each year.

Jetstar Group chief commercial officer Catriona Larritt said increasing demand was behind the reintroduce of the route which had previously been cut off in 2006.
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Old August 18th, 2017, 06:21 AM   #184
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It seems that the reopened route from Hobart to Adelaide has paid off...from todays Muckery. (not sure about the 'Hipster' reference though - does that mean its the Hobartians or the Adelaidians which are the 'hipsters?)

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TICKETS on a resurrected route between Tasmania and the big island are selling like hot cakes.

The new Jetstar service from Hobart to Adelaide is set to attract more than 46,000 passengers a year, with the State Government saying 5000 seats were sold in the first 12 hours of going on sale.

Earlier this month, Jetstar announced it would offer direct flights between Hobart and Adelaide — dubbed “the hipster route” by some — on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from November 14.

Bookings opened on August 9, with sale flights on offer at $59 each way.

Premier and Tourism Minister Will Hodgman said there had already been an incredible response to the move by Jetstar.

“Jetstar’s new service of direct flights between Adelaide and Hobart is already proving popular with a massive 5000 seats sold in the first 12 hours,” he said.
Premier Will Hodgman, second from left, and Jetstar staff announce the resumption of direct flights to Adelaide out of Hobart airport. Picture: MATHEW FARRELL

“The new service is expected to attract more than 46,000 passengers a year and initial demand highlights Tasmania’s popularity as a must-see destination.”

Following Jetstar’s announcement, Qantas announced it would offer more seats on flights between Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne during the peak summer period to cater for growing interest in Tasmania.

The last airline to offer direct flights between Adelaide and Hobart was Tiger Airways, but the service ended in 2010 because of diminished demand.

Jetstar also ended its former direct service in 2006.

Passengers wanting to travel to Adelaide from Hobart had to fly via Melbourne or Sydney, with a travel time of between four and six hours.

The new direct Jetstar flights will take one hour and 55 minutes.
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Old August 18th, 2017, 09:20 AM   #185
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I would hardly use the word 'hipster' for Adelaide. Cardigan town.
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Old August 19th, 2017, 04:10 AM   #186
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dubbed “the hipster route” by some
"by some" = the writer when they wrote it and the person in the next cubicle whom they ran it by.
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Old August 21st, 2017, 02:07 AM   #187
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Meanwhile the cheap shambles of a joke that is Hobart Airport continues to impress...from the Muckery.

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Qantas baulks at using new terminal at Hobart International Airport
CHRIS PIPPOS, Mercury
August 18, 2017 4:47pm

A MAJOR airline has so far refused to permanently use the centrepiece of Hobart International Airport’s $25 million terminal upgrade — the new arrivals area — despite it opening last year.

Qantas is instead preferring to use the old arrivals area and carousel, which is closer to the carrier’s aircraft bays.

Virgin and Tiger Airways already use the redeveloped space, which is complete with food outlets and car rental desks.

The Mercury understands a major part of the protracted negotiations involves the distance Qantas aircraft can land in proximity to the new arrivals area, which has traditionally been used by Virgin.

A Qantas spokesman said the company was still in talks with the airport’s owners.

He said the airline had used the new hall when it was able to and when it suited operations.

“We’re in discussions with the airport about the use of the new arrivals area,” the Qantas spokesman said.

“But for the moment, the former baggage carousel is closer to the aircraft bays used by Qantas aircraft, which means passengers are able to get to the terminal more quickly in the event of bad weather.”

A Hobart International Airport spokesman said both parties were still engaged in “commercial negotiations” regarding the new arrivals area, declining to elaborate further but adding there were currently “no issues”.

“Hobart Airport has completed the arrivals hall redevelopment and our next focus is on the departures hall,” the spokesman said.

“We are currently in discussion with all our partners including the airlines regarding the departures hall.”

Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin said it was important any impasse was resolved so the departure area upgrade could proceed.

“We want to see the airport redevelopment happen but obviously it’s commercial deliberations and discussions between Qantas and the airport,” Mr Martin said.

The airport’s timeline was for the new departure area — at the southern end of the terminal — to be completed by mid to late 2017.

However industry insiders say the airport will struggle to meet this deadline irrespective of its negotiations with Qantas and other airlines.

Of course the airport will struggle to meet the deadline...its management is completely devoid of any vision and is clearly utterly incompetent if it could not foresee that not providing for suitable undercover access for arriving and departing pax in Hobart's weather is an issue for Qantas. But at the end of the day, its all about how much profit Macquarie Bank and the RBF can gouge from the passengers who have the misfortune of being held ransom by that pair of coporate psycopaths....
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Old August 21st, 2017, 02:24 AM   #188
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Thanks for keeping us posted Optimist - appreciate it even when we don't always respond on thread.
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Old September 22nd, 2017, 03:30 PM   #189
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Possible new Tiger route from HBA

Tiger have scheduled the following additional Hobart to Melbourne services from December to April.

TT501 MEL-HBA 7:05-8:20 7/12/2017 to 01/02/2018 737 .2.4...
TT501 MEL-HBA 7:05-8:20 29/03/2018 to 26/04/2018 737 .2.4...
TT501 MEL-HBA 7:05-8:20 8/12/2017 to 29/04/2018 737 ....5.7

TT502 HBA-MEL 15:00-16:15 7/12/2017 to 01/02/2018 737 .2.4...
TT502 HBA-MEL 15:00-16:15 29/03/2018 to 26/04/2018 737 .2.4...
TT502 HBA-MEL 15:00-16:15 8/12/2017 to 29/04/2018 737 ....5.7

On 10/12, 15/12, 19/12, and 21/12 the flights are operated by 320 equipment instead.

Clearly, there are new sectors departing HBA at 8:50 and arriving HBA at 14:30.

A HBA-BNE 8:50-10:25 and BNE-HBA 10:55-14:30 would fit perfectly with the same aircraft, but a triangular service MEL-HBA-XXX, XXX-HBA-MEL using multiple aircraft would also be possible, with XXX likely being SYD.

If the BNE option is true, some days would have six HBA-BNE services, two VA, two JQ, one QF and now maybe one TT.
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Old September 24th, 2017, 09:33 AM   #190
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Meanwhile the cheap shambles of a joke that is Hobart Airport continues to impress...from the Muckery.




Of course the airport will struggle to meet the deadline...its management is completely devoid of any vision and is clearly utterly incompetent if it could not foresee that not providing for suitable undercover access for arriving and departing pax in Hobart's weather is an issue for Qantas. But at the end of the day, its all about how much profit Macquarie Bank and the RBF can gouge from the passengers who have the misfortune of being held ransom by that pair of coporate psycopaths....
I'll be sure to take the Spirit of Tasmania if I ever want to visit that island, then.
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Old September 24th, 2017, 09:40 AM   #191
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I'll be sure to take the Spirit of Tasmania if I ever want to visit that island, then.
You could fly to Launceston instead.

Or even Devonport or Burnie onboard a turboprop.
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Old September 25th, 2017, 03:02 AM   #192
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Tiger have announced new direct flights to the Gold Coast from Hobart starting December...from the Mercury.

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SHAUN McMANUS, Mercury
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DIRECT flights between Hobart and the Gold Coast will be available from early December.

Tigerair Australia this morning announced the flights would commence on December 7 with an opening special of $10 flights available from midday today. There are just 100 tickets available at the special price.

Tigerair will operate four weekly return flights between Hobart and the Gold Coast on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The airline will also add four additional return services on the existing Hobart-to-Melbourne route to meet growing demand.

In total 16 additional return services will provide almost 3000 additional seats per week through Hobart Airport from December.

The new flights will once again broaden Tasmanians’ travel options, after Jetstar revealed last month that direct flights from Hobart to Adelaide would begin operating in November.

Hobart Airport interim chief executive Matt Cocker welcomed the news and said the direct routes would provide faster and cheaper access to both cities.
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Old September 28th, 2017, 02:29 PM   #193
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I'll be sure to take the Spirit of Tasmania if I ever want to visit that island, then.
You'll be held to ransom by the government owned corporate psychopath instead...
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Old October 17th, 2017, 01:16 AM   #194
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Latest example of incompetence from the collective of knuckleheads and nincompoops responsible for the shambles that is Hobart Airport...

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Hobart Airport forced to upsize its expansion amid ‘unprecedented’ growth in passenger numbers

CHRIS PIPPOS, Mercury
October 16, 2017 11:00pm


RECORD numbers of flights and inbound tourists at Hobart International Airport have forced a rethink of its $25 million terminal redevelopment and contributed to its delay.

The airport’s new departure area, initially scheduled to be completed this year, is yet to go out to tender.

And the airport is now revisiting its redevelopment plans to accommodate the “unprecedented growth’’ experienced since the design was first approved.

This follows recent announcements including imminent direct Jetstar flights from Hobart to Adelaide, direct Tiger*air flights from Hobart to the Gold Coast and more seats on Qantas aircraft flying between Hobart and Sydney and Melbourne.

It is understood the passenger boom has triggered a departure hall design rethink that has also stretched contractual talks with the airlines involving their financial contribution.

“This is a complex redevelopment, compounded by an unprecedented growth in the numbers of the travelling public as well as balancing the need to continue to operate the airport while undertaking these works,’’ a Hobart International Airport spokesman said.

“We anticipate this fantastic growth will continue into the future, and so have taken the opportunity to revisit our terminal plans, mindful of our forecasted demand, and are continuing to negotiate these plans with our airline partners.

“Our aim is to provide sufficient space and facilities to provide for this ever-growing demand.’’

The spokesman said the airport had recorded a 34 per cent increase in passenger numbers since 2012, which had “exceeded expectations’’.

Redevelopment delays now mean special measures are needed at the airport this peak season.

“With this in mind, Hobart airport is making arrangements to ensure that the departures hall and southern arrivals area can cope with demand over the busy summer period,’’ the spokesman said.

“These arrangements will roll out over the coming weeks and ensure there is enough space to cope with capacity, while also allowing for the actual redevelopment to occur.

“The redevelopment of this area is the final part of a seven-year, $100 million investment in Hobart airport, which has seen an extensive redevelopment of the facility as well as the extension of the runway. Our intention has been to complete the redevelopment by the first half of 2018 and we are still on track to achieve this.’
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