Eddie McGuire urges people to drive or take a train rather than travel by plane in Australia –as Qantas cuts more flights and apologises for recent service debacles
- Eddie McGuire recommends Aussies drive a car or catch a train instead of flying
- Chaos has erupted at airports across Australia with cancellations and long lines
- Qantas revealed it would be cutting flights from its schedule and hire more staff
Eddie McGuire says it’s time for Australians to consider other forms of travel amid the chaos at airports –as Qantas announced it had cut more flights from its schedule.
The broadcaster told 3AW Mornings’ Ideas Factory that he, like many Aussies, has recently experienced frustrating issues with flights including crowds, a cancellation and an aborted landing.
It comes as Qantas revealed it would ditch more flights and apologised to customers for lost baggage, delays and cancellations which had enraged customers.
TV host Eddie McGuire (pictured) has spoken about the chaos at airports and says commuters should drive a car or catch a long-haul train instead of flying
Airports across Australia have been plagued by cancellations, delays, lost luggage and long queues (pictured, Sydney airport)
McGuire told 3AW radio on Thursday that he had been on’a couple of flights’ over the past week and said most of them had a’snafu’, with one canceled flight to Sydney, an aborted landing and long queues.
‘The situation we’re in now, you’re mad if you try and check your baggage in,’ he said.’You’re just taking your time and your life in your hands.
‘I could’ve got on a bike and got up there (Sydney) for my meetings.’
He said that flights have become’so hard’ due to the luggage people are carrying and suggested for travelers to consider driving to their destination instead.
‘You can put it (luggage) in the boot of your car and see things you haven’t seen,’ he said.
The former Collingwood football president said driving was cheaper and it was better’to be bored than anxious’ when traveling.
He also recommended commuting on a train, saying,’We’ve got the infrastructure, let’s talk it up.’
‘With families now, our mindset is go to the airport and get on. You see the kids, they’re all screaming, the mums and dads are trying to get them sorted.
‘But if you got on something like that (trains) and made it an adventure and they go to sleep, and the rocking of the train is magnificent for a good sleep.’
The presenters and McGuire also noted that long-haul trains also have wi-fi to keep children entertained.
‘It takes the strain, particularly during the school holidays, off the business travel. If you can avoid doing it on a plane, do it,’ McGuire added.
Qantas has ditched flights from its schedule and has plans to continue hiring more staff to compensate for the increased workload
The airline has faced industrial disputes, understaffing and cancellations as frustrated customers bombard social media with complaints about the airline (pictured, line of Qantas passengers at Sydney airport)
Qantas has cut more flights from its schedule as the airline is plagued with industrial disputes, understaffing, poor organization, cancellations and delays.
Irate customers have bombarded the airline’s social media accounts with complaints.
Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David appeared on Ben Fordham’s 2GB radio program on Wednesday morning to apologise to customers and pledge the airline would do better in the future.
‘Let me start by saying an apology to all your listeners. We are the national carrier, people have high expectations of us, we have high expectations of ourselves and clearly over the last few months we have not been delivering what we did pre-Covid ,’He said.
Mr David confirmed on the show that Qantas had’reduced some of our flying this month’ and was’planning to do the same next month’ amidst’operational pressures’.
He added that Qantas had also hired 1,000 people since easter to deal with the airline’s increasing workload.