‘Taking the piss’: Qatar Airways exploiting loophole to fly empty jumbo jets

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Qatar Airways has been flying near-empty, and sometimes entirely empty, large passenger jets between Melbourne and Adelaide every single day to exploit an aviation loophole designed to 'protect' Australia's national interest.

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The so-called ghost flights are occurring despite the Albanese government's limit on the airline's local capacity, which is designed to protect Australia’s “national interest” in the aviation sector.

The airline is seemingly flying"ghost flights" to circumvent flight limits. Picture: Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images The airline is also not permitted to sell tickets on the leg between Melbourne and Adelaide to domestic passengers under separate aviation laws.The revelation comes just weeks after the federal government denied Qatar Airways extra capacity into Australia following criticism from flag carrier Qantas and incidents where women were subjected to invasive physical searches in Doha.

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