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Sydney, not Melbourne, is where tourists travel: Alan Joyce

24-Jun-2011 10:39 AM

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce stated Sydney, rather than Melbourne, will continue to be the focus of the airline as it rethinks its international strategy (Sydney Morning Herald/The Age, 24-Jun-2011). Qantas and subsidiary Jetstar operate 12 daily international services from Melbourne and 35 from Sydney. Mr Joyce said that despite the airline’s efforts to boost international services from Melbourne, “it doesn’t have the international traffic that Sydney has, because Sydney is where the international tourists want to go". Despite Mr Joyce’s comments, international traffic into Melbourne Airport has been very strong in the past year and continues to outpace international traffic growth at Sydney Airport.