Three senior Qantas managers will face the regional airline inquiry in Darwin on Friday - though overall boss Alan Joyce will not be there.
CEO of Qantas domestic and freight Andrew David, head of governance and public affairs Trent Mumford, and head of revenue management Guy Waddell will front the inquiry into the cost of regional air travel in Darwin from 9am on Friday, March 15.
Ironically, the hearing will be in the "Ansett Room" of the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort, a room named for Qantas's former competitor in the domestic airline business which went bust in 2001.
This is the final scheduled public hearing after Virgin and Alliance Airlines had their say in Brisbane last month.
Cloncurry-based cheaper fares advocate Hamish Griffin attended the Brisbane hearing and he also plans to be in Darwin on Friday to hear what Qantas have to say.
Mr Griffin said he was concerned that the committee had allowed only three hours to hear Qantas's testimony.
"It is a long drive for a three hour meeting, but I think it’s important to follow through," Mr Griffin said.
Mr Griffin said he was disappointed in the response he heard in Brisbane, particularly from Virgin Airlines.
"I felt that Virgin really danced around many of the questions," he said.
"I had the opportunity to ask Virgin and Alliance whether they would be prepared to offer relief to people affected by the floods in North West Queensland, Alliance said yes they would and Virgin said no."
Virgin also told the Inquiry they would not offer any residents' fare scheme.
The Inquiry is due to report by June 27.
- Derek Barry, North West Star