ACCC monitoring airlines over price gouging concerns

 Thursday, June 1, 2023 


In accordance with the government keeping an eye on Australian airlines’ behavior carriers are overcharging passengers, promoting consumer and aviation figures to call for a dedicated and ongoing inquiry to probe the industry.

Calls for greater scrutiny from Australian Airports Association chief executives, James Goodwin, and Rod Sims come as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) domestic aviation monitoring task force expires at the end of June.

Airlines were compelled to hand over detailed operating data they otherwise would not share, which has allowed insights into revenue–per–passenger figures and a more behind–the–scenes look at an industry where big players such as Qantas are posting record multibillion–dollar profits as airfare remain stubbornly high.

Goodwin is also pleading for the government to continue some sort of airline monitoring program. He commented that Consumers are paying too much for airline tickets.

A spokesperson for the transport minister, Catherine King declared that if the situation requires it, the Australian government will resume ACCC monitoring.

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