Qantas has been unable to solve a long-running dispute with Perth Airport about terminal use and therefore have given up plans for a seasonal Perth to Johannesburg service.
Set to start in November and run through to March, the service has been culled with the plane to be used deployed elsewhere, according to Perth Now.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the planned service had been called off, and all future international expansion such as nonstop flights to Paris and Frankfurt were on hold until it resolved the “Perth Airport situation”.
Qantas wants to operate the Johannesburg flight from its new international wing in Terminal 3. Perth Airport says Qantas can use T1 for the flight, but Qantas wants to use T3 to better handle transit passengers.
All Qantas flights — domestic and international — use the airline’s T3/T4 facility on the western side of the airport.
A Perth Airport spokesman said it was “committed to working constructively with all of our airline customers to deliver a more efficient and cost-effective airport to help them serve their customers and build their businesses”.
“The splitting of international flights across two separate and distant terminals requires significant ongoing subsidy to offset the additional costs,” he said.
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