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Qantas hits back over legal stoush with Perth Airport | The West Australian

In a statement, Perth Airport said that for “more than 18 months it had been offering a new Aeronautical Services Agreement to Qantas that would have delivered the airline a significant price reduction”.

In the writ, it says since midyear, when a previous prices and services agreement ran out, “Qantas Group Airlines have passed on to their customers all or part of the charges that PAPL invoiced … to the extent Qantas Group Airlines have further benefited.

“The Qantas Group Airlines have been unjustly enriched at the expense of PAPL.”

The writ is aimed at all Qantas entities, including budget airline Jetstar, Network Aviation — which operates air charter services for FIFO mining operations — and Qantas Freight.

It is based on the prices per passenger the airport has been charging Qantas since the previous agreement expired on June 30. From July 1, the airport charged a reduced rate of $17.83 for international services, $10.47 for domestic terminal services and $5.94 for domestic airfield services. From October 1, those charges rose to $19.61, $12.07 and $6.53, the prices charged to other uncontracted airlines.

But the airport alleges Qantas has been seriously short-changing them — paying just $10.61 for international terminal and airfield services, $5.35 for domestic terminal services and $3.40 for domestic airfield services.

“Qantas unilaterally decided to short-pay these invoices by around 40 per cent,” the airport alleges. “The Qantas Group Airlines have refused to pay a fair and reasonable price.”

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Qantas hits back over legal stoush with Perth Airport | The West Australian.