Thanks to reader GE for showing us what the Manus Island shuffle looks like in flights to the end of last week:
I am sure there are many more aircraft involved, but these were three government and two other airlines planes I found involved in the Manus shuffle last week and looks like its still going.
It also clearly shows that there was a shuffle out of Curtin to make way for the seekers from Manus.
Cost of charter is a really good question, I would think you would be looking around $8,000 an hour, rule of thumb.
What people do not sometimes realise is charters also involve relocation costs.
A good example of this is below (at the bottom of this post).
VHINU looks like this
And I think you get the idea.
Reader GE goes on to explain some of the crazy costs - for example look at the Cocos to Christmas Island flight on 9 July last year listed below for more than $300,000.00
9 July there is a flight from Cocos to Christmas Island about 1 hour flight, cost is $336,735
Reason for this most probably charter has originated in say Brisbane or Sydney .
The government either just don't care about cost, or are just commercially illiterate, there would be a heap of reliable charter aircraft in and around Singapore just a stones throw from Christmas Island compared with east coast Australia.
The waste in the shuffle is unbelievable.
We laughed about this recently at a lunch, Cocos Christmas Island now holds the record for highest air fare anywhere in the world, transferring a handful of seekers at these rates makes any first class fare look like throw away change.
I sit here wondering how we can be so wasteful and stupid financially as a nation.