Then it should be easy for a large European player to come in and buy up our entire market in one fell swoop.Yes this is one of the factors i mentioned ...Larger population.
Sheep are what I call these sort of people. Good on them though, they can soak up all the tourist traps and leave the real fun for the professionals.Where everything is done for you. A standard holiday for them would be to book 2 weeks in Tenerife, Cyprus, etc at the travel agent. The one cost would include airfares, hotels, etc. There would be a holiday rep from the company who would lead the group, organise everything for them, sort out any problems, etc.
Flight Centre still exists in any shopping centre of any significance so clearly there's enough dummies still around.Whereas Australians have always travelled more independently, book the flights yourself
I suspect we have a winner! Definitely the post I was looking for.There is (or was) definitely a market for a charter travel operator in Australia. Flights from Australia to Bali are basically the equivalent of flights from the UK to the Canaries or Greece. It would be quite profitable indeed to run package operation chartering flights even from airports like Newcastle or Rockhampton to Bali or Fiji.
I remember reading somewhere that the reason this style of operation is not prevalent in Australia is because of the way our civil aviation regulations are worded. Leisure charter travel of the kind you see in Europe would be classed as RPT in Australia, so there isn't really an advantage to the industry to try and charter whole aircraft for a particular tour company.
However, Jetstar has at times taken a mixed-mode approach to this. When they were running flights between Wuhan and Gold Coast, a Chinese tour company was paying for the majority of seats on the aircraft. But as the operation was classed as RPT, Jetstar made the remainder available for sale to the general public. I daresay there is a similar arrangement on the new Seoul-Gold Coast route.
Antarctic flights with Qantas are another example of a whole aircraft leisure charter, but as they depart and take off at the same airport they probably come under a different classification of flight again. Australian regulations are cumbersome!
Sheep are what I call these sort of people. Good on them though, they can soak up all the tourist traps and leave the real fun for the professionals.
I've known a few of these sort of people. They think they're being "smart" in getting an "expert" to do it all for them. There will be always a sizable market of these kind of dummies. Definitely enough of them to fill a couple of planes a day to Bali, London or any other destination on the must-see-for-a-standard-tourist list.
Flight Centre still exists in any shopping centre of any significance so clearly there's enough dummies still around.
I would like to seem them 'extend' their product using charters rather than just substituting it.I am surprised someone like Lion Air or AirAsia isn't doing the all-in-one integrated discount product already (either by buying/building their own accommodation or doing some major deals with existing accommodation providers).