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Australian domestic discount air fares climb in June, but more pressure ahead


Australian domestic discount fares have increased from extreme lows in April and are now down approximately 20% from base levels in 2003, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE). Discount fares had fallen as much as 40% below the benchmark level in Feb-2009 and Apr-2009, as reflected in Qantas’ domestic yields, which fell an average 8.3% in the three months between Feb-2009 and Apr-2009. [276 words]

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  • Discounting pressure from Tiger
  • Domestic Business fares stabilising?
  • Outlook: Qantas and Virgin Blue capacity cuts will help

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  • Australian domestic fares index (Jul-2003 = 1): Jun-2008 to Jun-2009
  • Australian domestic Best Discount fares: Jun-2004 to Jun-2009
  • Australian domestic Business fares: Jun-2004 to Jun-2009
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