Australians to face sky-high air fares over Christmas as threat of industrial action at Qantas looms

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Sector-wide staff shortages, high fuel prices and less available seats are pushing fares to record highs on domestic and international flights

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Australians are facing a chaotic and expensive end-of-year travel season, with record-high domestic fares and the threat of fresh industrial action by Qantas flight attendants coming to a crescendo over Christmas.

Following months of higher-than-average domestic air fares, travellers looking to book the cheapest available return domestic air fares are facing prices not recorded since March 2004, according to air fare price indexes maintained by the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics.

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