Tasmania: an eager entrant in the airfare war

Impulse Airlines' decision to commence cut-price services has sparked another round of competition in the air fare war with analysts predicting a
boost in the state's tourism industry as a result. Tasmanians should be smiling as the competition they have been waiting for has finally arrived.

Ansett has reponded to Impulse's $72 one-way, Melbourne-Hobart fare by releasing a $69.30 fare for the same route with Qantas offering a $71.50 fare. These fares are available on the Internet only and are non-refundable. All fares are available for purchase now, however, travel cannot be commenced on Impulse tickets until April 2.

Meanwhile, Sydney-Hobart is on sale from Impulse at $144, Ansett at $143.00 and Qantas at $143.50 while Canberra-Hobart starts at $134 from Impulse, $133.10 from both Ansett and Qantas.