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|June||Best time to beat the crowds (5% less expensive on average)|
|December||Most popular time to fly (11% more expensive on average)|
Average price round-trip
|$568||(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)|
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- Looking for cheap airfare to Hamilton Island? 25% of our users found tickets to Hamilton Island for the following prices or less: From Melbourne $194 one-way - $233 round-trip, from Hobart $277 one-way - $277 round-trip, from Maroochydore $1,785 one-way - $1,323 round-trip
- Book at least 5 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
- High season is considered to be January and February. The cheapest month to fly to Hamilton Island is June.
- Hamilton Island Airport is a small single runway and single terminal airport serving Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays. There are direct flights to Hamilton Island from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Cairns, with two flights to Hamilton Island available from each city on a daily basis.
- If you are traveling with children, a family room is available after security for parents who need to feed and change infants in privacy. The airport also offers easy access for disabled passengers, including ramp access where needed and separate bathrooms with enough space for wheelchairs.
- Passengers looking for some quiet time before or after their flight to Hamilton Island can head to the VIP lounge that is located upstairs and equipped with a Wi-Fi connection. You can get access if you are a Hamilton Island Indigo Club member, or through some resorts and villas that include lounge access in their holiday packages.
- As Hamilton Island Airport is not an international airport, duty free shopping is not available in the terminal. However, there are a few shops available for purchasing last minute souvenirs, as well as a café and bar inside the airport if you’re hungry when you land or while you’re waiting for your flight.
- If you are transferring to one of the Whitsunday Islands after arriving at Hamilton Island Airport, this can be done through the local airline, Hamilton Island Air. They can arrange a transfer for you by helicopter, aeroplane or seaplane. Luggage restrictions apply, so it is advisable to check the baggage allowance for your connecting flight before packing for your flight to Hamilton Island.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "Crew was super kind and friendly. Food and beverages were good as well."
Cons: "Seat space in main cabin was a little cramped. The seats themselves were a little hard."
Pros: "Very comfortable flight. The full range of entertainment made the time go quickly. Professional crew."
Cons: "I know it's an airplane, but even so, the food was astonishingly bad."
Cons: "The crew were great it was on time and overall fabulous"
Pros: "Crew were helpful and very nice. However, as first experience flying internationally with Qantas wasn’t positive.. very proud to be Australian but their mechanical faults doesn’t help in customer loyalty."
Cons: "Flight delayed due to mechanical faults for 4 hours. $15 meal voucher is not sufficient to cover the cost of proper meal. Airlines if allocating seats automatically should not put a female in between two males, not a very nice experience. No option to amend seat."
Pros: "an amazing flying experience with pleasant crews who served their customers with hearts and their lovely smiles!"
Pros: "Easy great flight. Good entertainment comfortable seats."
Pros: "Service from the moment of getting near the booking counter was excellent. Flight was on time and staff were great."
Cons: "The sandwich for lunch was boring and the bread was not very nice."
Pros: "Suberb crew. Not obsequious, just helpful with good anticipation."
Pros: "The flight was on time, service with a smile. Staff great."
Pros: "Crew were great - happy & fun. Seats 19B & C"
Pros: "Crew was good. Seats somehow seemed narrower than normal flights I have taken with Qantas. Sat in middle not even enough space to drink tea comfortably. Wouldn't want to be in that position for any longer flights."
Cons: "As above"
Pros: "Always an enjoyable flight with a happy crew and comfortable flight"
Cons: "Alot of the check-in consoles were closed when we got to Brisbane which is the only way to check if you can't do it on line."
Pros: "On time and efficient"
Cons: "More than a biscuit for lunch"
Pros: "Almost everything."
Cons: "Flying on 8 Jan is a time when there a lot of holiday makers heading home or perhaps just going on holiday. Lots of young children and a baby crying right behind me wasn't the most relaxing but I realise that nothing can be done about that."
Pros: "The plane was on time. There was cool air circulating from the moment we boarded The breakfast, which consisted of cereal, milk and a small muesli bar was good. Sky News was played on the drop down screen"
Cons: "The seats are cramped with very little arm room."
Pros: "everything about he flight was perfect"
Pros: "It got me from b to c"
Cons: "Significantly delayed hoarding for non technical reasons. Food was decidedly average. Seat pitch is just tolerable."
Pros: "Quick boarding and friendly staff"
Cons: "Could not eat the in flight breakfast as both contained wheat (I’m coeliac)"
Cons: "I was seated in business class - the attendant gave my special order food to another guest and gave me something else instead. I could have gotten very ill from this, and notified the flight attendant who shrugged it off and walked off."
Pros: "Healthy airline food option, friendly helpful service, use of name and I'm on the bottom rung of ff status??"
Pros: "Service good"
Pros: "Was traveling with my 1yr old and my in-laws. Crew could not have made it a more comfortable journey."
Pros: "IFE Snack - bacon quiche Service"
Cons: "Stink The usual cramped seating Long wait to deplane"
Cons: "Seated in middle seat next to a very large and very smelly person I could hardly move and certainly not attlempt to eat or drink . Airlines do need to address this situation with people who are large . Non existent entertainment"
Pros: "Flight was delayed simply due to the poor positioning of the auxiliary power unit that is an acceptable reason for delay which shows absolutely poor operational management of the local airport operations"
Cons: "Our bags were put on the wrong belt and we didn't receive them for over an hour."
Pros: "IFE for such a short flight, headset free. Cabin crew were quite pleasant. B737-800 series (Next Gen.) is a nice plane."
Cons: "Cramped. Lunch was that revolting beef & kale pocket (again!). Highest a/f of Tiger, Virgin & QF, which is fine if it’s worth it, which it most definitely wasn’t."
Pros: "Fantastic Service On time Easy boarding"
Pros: "Friendly staff, efficient processes, on time - and the only airline with a direct flight from Brisbane to Tokyo."
Cons: "If only I could afford business class :("
Pros: "It was a good and pleasant flight"
Cons: "The food was not good and it was not enough"
Pros: "Excellent flight - great from start to finish. Free wifi was a bonus! delicious afternoon tea"
Pros: "I liked the service, the friendly cabin crews. The food was good. We had a bit of turbulence on the way but all good. Thank you QF"
Cons: "On this particular flight, we had to wait like 30 minutes to get our baggage. Maybe because of the rain but otherwise all was good. Thank you QF"
Pros: "Overall ok."
Cons: "Ancient plane in bad need of a refurb."
Cons: "cramped seats. a miniscule snack, with no napkin to clean up with"
Pros: "No issues."
Pros: "Good price and pleasantly surprised with Quantas (first time flying with them)"
Cons: "I didn't get to choose my seats this time so I got stuck in middles both ways"
Pros: "Flight was comfortable, in flight entertainment was good, food was good"
Pros: "Known quality and reliable service It was all right."
Cons: "Entertainment is bring your own screen if you want to see the programme"
Pros: "Qantas crew were amazing. Entertainment offered was excellent."
Cons: "Not suitable meals for a long flight. E.g. Chili dogs way too messy, garlic bread should not contain garlic! Was charged an additional $35 per seat to get seat assignments 24 hrs before. Then, seats not together & changed again before flight. Why the fee for nothing?"
Cons: "Great gluten free options! Thank you!"
Cons: "Flight delayed by 2 hours so I missed my connecting flight home. Had to wait at LA airport for 8 hours to catch another flight. Flight to sydney on August 26th was also 2 hours late leaving LA. My experience is not good."
Pros: "Helpful service and comfortable seats"
Cons: "Don't choose seats 9 A/B/C as there is a bulkhead and not window in this aisle (Boeing 737-800)"
Pros: "I like food and service of crew members"
Cons: "Yes I like it"
Pros: "I don't injure about anyone else but when I fly such long distances you get anxious over being cared for. Stewards were great, food was great and plenty of it. Anything you needed just let them online and they will accommodate"
Cons: "We were delayed due to wheel problems which ultimately affected my connecting flight. Missed the flight"
Pros: "Crew was amazingly helpful in all my enquiries"
Cons: "All amazing nothing to complain about it"
Pros: "Short flight . It's ok"
Pros: "Service and food was pretty good."
Cons: "Didn't care for the movie selection. Not much of a variety."
Pros: "Easy boarding. Good seats. Good entertainment."
Cons: "Qantas seems to be notorious late. This flight was no exception. The food was terrible. They called it a pulled pork sandwich. Jikes. Very crowded"
Pros: "Complimentary meals/snacks, socks, toothbrushes, eye masks, blankets and pillows"
Cons: "The wing in the Brisbane terminal had no charging stations and only two toilet stalls in the women's bathroom."
Pros: "Baggage allowance is good and cause of choice this airline but bad staff specially the check in"
Cons: "I hate the ground crew.. with bad behavior and uncooperative- plane no entertainment.. you must used app with your telephone"
Cons: "No I flight entertainment or chargers for phone"
Pros: "everything was good"
Cons: "a screen at the seat."
Pros: "Economy X seat much better"
Pros: "Very rude. Not professional. Slow service"
Cons: "Should have more knowledge and give effecient service"
Pros: "fast boarding"
Cons: "Better Movies"
Pros: "Good service"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Never ever EVER book thru byo jet. Business breakfast was shocking obviously budget driven not presentation nor taste. Who declared that Arab cheese was consumable. Never book thru BYO jet"
Pros: "Boarding was seamless, food was great, crew was o.k. and there was entertainment/access to movies."
Cons: "The chairs...they must do something about the cushions. Too thin for me especially on long 14/15 hour flight."
Pros: "Departed on time. Arrived 20 minutes early."
Cons: "Leg room - very cramped"
Cons: "If I could give zero stars or negative star rating , I would!!!! The scale should have a zero as this is the worst airline in the WORLD!!!!!!!"
Pros: "-Professional, clean. Staff seemed happy to be there. -Use of both front and rear boarding allows for faster departure."
Cons: "-Need clearer instructions or a crew member to direct passengers to front or back of plane. -In flight entertainment depends on predownload of an app."
Pros: "The first. Captain flew brilliantly or however many there were"
Cons: "During the international flight a lot was not healthy. The crew were disinterested in the work in economy class with the exception of a very helpful young man. The announcements couldn't be understood, the speakers crackled so much and the stewardesses spoke in very heavy accents. There was still debris from the previous flight in the seat holders. The entry into the plane smelt unfresh . The TV. Programming was limited and often did not work. Overall it was a flight that lacked international standards. The final flight to cape Town was excellent. I was going to write you a letter. We are capable of much higher standards and I felt ashamed. The international flight to Perth was better but the flight back from Perth was not good. Every flight should be welcoming and helpful. The attitude and involvement of flight crew makes or breaks the journey even if the craft is old and not perfect With regards eva young and trusting that this review canbe of help."
Cons: "As it is alliance with Singapore Airlines for international connecting but didn't felt any reasonable reason for not serving snacks."
Pros: "The crew was happy outgoing and cheerful Liked the earplug/eyemask/pen/blanket/handouts ... very helpful"
Cons: "Would have like to have some American Classic Rock music options It was VERY cold ... too cold The pillow cover was scratchey and uncomfortable"
Pros: "The comfortable seats and refreshments"
Cons: "I did not know how to get a seat assignment so ended up in a middle seat even though I booked months ahead."
Pros: "An hour only"
Cons: "Nothing special"
Cons: "Missed flight and Virgin refused to book and wanted $40 airport fee + full fare to get on the flight."
Pros: "Crew blocked the seats in our row as we had a small child and they had the room... awesome!"
Pros: "Easy access from both front and back of plane."
Cons: "Stewardess got frustrated with my son ( almost yelling at him) instructing him to open the shade after the flight ended speaking Chinese to him. Though my son is half Asian, he doesn't speak a word of Chinese, she should have started with English !!! It was a flight from Australia for god sake."
Pros: "Nothing really"
Cons: "Seat pitch was possibly the worst I have ever experienced. The plane was very old and totally cramped inside."
Pros: "Check in was easy as they had plenty of representatives available. Short flight so did not experience food / entertainment, but everything was on time, crew was friendly, and they quickly had our bags out at the other end. We sat in the exit row so had plenty of legroom."
Cons: "Check in was horrible. Why have automated machines when they don't work and cause twice as much work for your employees. That was the only thing bad about me experience"
Pros: "Tried to make up for lunch with getting first choice for breakfast."
Cons: "I was in the last row of the plane and found myself treated like essentially second class citizens due to being in the back, as we did not get any selection for the first meal service, and there werent enough hot snacks ready when they got to us so they had to make new ones which took an extra ten minutes. (By the time the snack was served it was long after meal service too, so we were already quite hungry). It just made for an annoying experience feeling like because we were at the back, we had to just take what we were given. They could make more of an effort to make sure ALL passengers are treated well."
Pros: "Very nice staff"
Pros: "More leg room on this plane than any other economy plane I have been on"
Pros: "Punctuality is the most important and they achieved it."
Pros: "On-time performance."
Pros: "Lounge access as a gold member, good facilities, full service on the plane, helpful crew"
Cons: "the flight was delayed, there was only a small sandwich for dinner which was a bit disappointing"
Cons: "My flight was delayed and upon landing I was told by 2 virgin staff that I was booked on the 2:10pm flight to MIA. When checking in a Delta they advised I wasn't booked on the flight and that I had to head to the VA terminal to get my flight reissued. I walked 10 minutes with a lot of luggage to the VA terminal only to find it not staffed. I then had to walk back to the DL counter and due to the issues wasn't able to be put on a flight with a connection at 10:30pm."
Pros: "Counter staff at check-in was very helpful. Made sure our bags were clearly tagged for all legs of our flight"
Pros: "Everyone was very helpful. On time. No problems at all.thank you."
Cons: "Only could have gluten free snack"
Pros: "Comfortable seat than other airlines. Good movies choices."
Cons: "Didn't have wifi"
Pros: "- 30kg checking bag. - service"
Cons: "complementary snack is not healthy at all."
Cons: "30 mins on the phone to get a meal voucher that covered less than half the cost of the. Meal"
Cons: "I called Virgin a couple of weeks before the flight to confirm, but they could not find me on the passenger list. Told me to buy a new ticket. Then at the airport they miraculously found the original booking and WONT GIVE ME A REFUND!!!!!!"
Pros: "Comfortable short flight"
Cons: "Over 4 hour delay and was told they had to wait for the paint to dry????"
Pros: "We sat on the plane for 2.5 hours before take off but it was not the fault of the airline. Extending a long flight is unpleasant. No additional water bottles available on the flight so you have to refill what're you have. Very little seating at the boarding gate so we stood in line for over an hour. The return flight was fine. Airline staff was great. Customer service is obviously important to them."
Cons: "I would have liked some sort of notification that we had to retain our water bottles if we wanted any water on the flight. Refills only. I'm inexperienced with international flight so it was new to me."
Pros: "Check in staff most helpful,traveling with oversize lougage,surf board and kites along with carry on.no fuss and searched seating so l had a spear seat on red trip home.thanks"
Pros: "Great crew and good service."
Cons: "Two things - I dont like is the size of the seats. They are far too small. Most people are relatively big these days and when you sit next to a large person or between two large people the whole flight is so uncomfortable. The other thing is the air vents - no where near enough air coming through those - please fix :("
Pros: "It was an enjoyable flight and we were well looked after by the staff"
Pros: "The crew was awesome! It was our first time in Sydney and the crew went out of their way to make us a "to do" list of must sees!!"
Cons: "Nothing- everything was wonderful!"
Cons: "The flight was diverted (with no explanation or warning) which resulted in more than an hours delay!"
Cons: "My flight was cancelled and I was put on another flight 1 hour 20min later, this meant having to rush. I bought the tickets based on time, and did not expect to have to run"
Pros: "It was a very bumpy flight due to the 100km/h+ wind in Melbourne that day. The landing was nice and easy in such bad weather. The cabin gave the pilots a round of applause."
Pros: "New clean plane and great service. This flight was far more comfortable than previous flights over this long distance."
Pros: "friendly staff"
Cons: "food quality has declined - clear cost saving tactic with the disposable packaging."
Pros: "The crew was very pleasant and helpful. The pilot was informative and landed well in windy conditions."
Cons: "Boarding was somewhat chaotic. Zones are ignored when boarding. The biscuit snack was so stake I could hardly bite the center of it. I almost broke a tooth."
Pros: "Arrived ahead of schedule"
Cons: "If the boarding time had remained unchanged and there was more legroom"
Pros: "Seat not very wide"
Cons: "Screaming kids in business & just behind business"
Cons: "I prepaid for my meal and it was brought to me soon after I boarded about 4pm. I wasn’t hungry as I already had lunch. It would have been better to bring it for me at dinner time, Sydney time as that’s what my body clock was on. The last service was too close to landing."
Cons: "It could have not been 2.5hrs delayed"
Pros: "Seat was comfortable."
Pros: "one crew member appeared to authentically greet and farewell clients with a twinkle in his eyes."
Cons: "many of the other crew members appeared to actively dislike their job and to treat passengers disrespectfully,"
Cons: "We were shocked to be charged $275 for two checked bags. At the point that you are checking in you are trapped and don't have a choice but to pay it. We were told that if we had paid in advance it would be cheaper, but we didn't know what the weight of our bags would be so I just figured I'd pay at the airport. They didn't say that they charge so much more at the airport - which is a total rip off. We were also harassed by not having the email that showed we purchased an Australian Visa which is digitally tied to our passport. If they need to verify our Visa, then they should have the electronic means to verify it. Also, we were traveling from Sydney to Auckland so since we were leaving the country I'm not sure why they had to see our Australian Visa in the first place. We were already in the country!"
Cons: "The coffee"
Pros: "business seats did not reclined ..... if i knew that not buying jetstar"
Pros: "They did try to make up time in the air"
Cons: "Plane was a little late arriving so boarding was delayed which then resulted in longer delays as wind gusts kicked in and could not take off after boarding the plane result missed bus connections"
Cons: "And no announcements re the delay until the very last minute."
Pros: "Low initial fair if you have no luggage."
Cons: "Jetstar Charges for everything. Each bag over 7 kg. $360 charge for luggage. 4 bags. Obscene. If you wait until the airport to add bags they charge more. Unfortunately I waited. They claim the check in process should have been clear to me that I needed to check in bags in advance. It really did not. The website is deceptive and tries to get you to check-in without mentioning the excess charge. Employees seem to enjoy gouging customers at the terminal. Charge for soda? Employees were rude. Terrible service and airline. Avoid at all costs."
Cons: "I missed it"
Pros: "Good service and nice people"
Cons: "Nothing everything was good"
Pros: "Good seats"
Cons: "Very rude male crew My baby started crying only by the end of the journey because her ears were hurting her due to high atmospheric pressure, and the guy came and shouted at her and us to stop crying !!"
Cons: "Ok so. With ticket purchase you only get a carry on bag in economy. To pay for a checked 15kg bag is $68, but only if you pay ahead of time. If you pay at the counter it will cost you $100. The woman at our gate was completely alone, and clearly frustrated by the situation and kept radio-ing for information about where the rest of her crew was. They are flying 787 Dreamliner now and just squeezing as many people as they can on them. I am a 5’10” female and my knees were hitting the seat in front of me. Want to recline your seat? Go ahead, but the bottom of the seat now slides forward as well to compensate for the lack of space. So if you’re tall like myself, you can’t recline your seat because it forces your knees further into the seat in front of you. Lastly, they have this ‘amazing entertainment service’. It’s $8 to watch a movie or play a game of solitaire. Such a scam. Water is the only drink included and the power outlet in my seat didn’t work. They are exactly what they have always been, but dressed up nicer, cheap and crappy airline looking to make as much money as possible. Won’t be flying with them again. For the money I paid to check a bag plus ticket cost, I could have flown a much nicer airline. will do next time!"
Pros: "Modern aircraft"
Cons: "Flight was delayed for no reason at all. Rude staff. Forced a domestic flight to land/take off at an international terminal so we had to go through customs control before taking off and after arrival. Pay some more money and fly Qantas or anything but awful Jetstar..."
Cons: "Flight was cancelled and next available was nearly 4hrs later and left late! And then they have the gall to tell you to board quickly. Emails all about trying to frighten you into paying for extra luggage and sell you mediocre food and pay for a seat allocation."
Cons: "One of the flight attendent was not nice with us"
Cons: "They didn’t advise of the extreme low weight limit for carryon luggage until you get to the gate! Then slap on extreme checkin rates to get the bag onto the plan!"
Cons: "Two hours delayed on the way. Four and a half hours delayed on the return flight. No explanation or apology for either leg."
Pros: "Avalon is quiet, decent facilities"
Cons: "Should give water on the flight. Didn’t buy food didn’t use entertainment"
Cons: "Rude ground staff."
Cons: "Checking in was a pain, when there were too many people, the staff didn’t really make any effort to speed up the process, they didn’t care much to prioritise whoever came first, just mixing up those who have problems with their luggage with everyone else."
Pros: "None of it"
Cons: "The whole Jetstar team"
Pros: "Surprised with a great (in air) Uluru shot, 10min before we landed"
Pros: "New airplane"
Cons: "You have to pay for everything. Water wasn't offered during the flight but passengers have to ask for it."
Cons: "Too bad you have to pay for every service...seats, TV, food."
Pros: "Efficient and fiendly service."
Cons: "There was no entertainment and none was expected on such a short trip."
Cons: "The entire experience"
Cons: "THE SERVICE WAS EXTREMELY POOR AND THE STAFF WERE RUDE...MY DAUGHTER WAS STANDING DUE TO A BACKACHE AND WAS TOLD BY A STEWARD THAT SHE COULD NOT STAND IN ONE SPOT BUT HAD TO WALK UP AND DOWN THE AISLE OR SIT....DISGRACEFUL ATTITUDE BORDERING ON HARRASSMENT... WILL NEVER FLY WITH JETSTAR AGAIN!!!"
Pros: "Staff were very friendly"
Cons: "For some reason I thought I had extra legroom but apparently not I was squished in between two people in the back of the plane the person in front of me was moving around a lot and hurting and knocking my knees"
Cons: "Eat and sleep"
Pros: "Very good everything"
Pros: "Extra leg room with upgrade"
Cons: "Seat too close to tiolet"
Pros: "On time. Captain lovely, Crew lovely."
Cons: "My chair would recline, it kept going back up."
Pros: "Fix the food menu!!!"
Cons: "Fix the food menu!!!"
Cons: "Fast efficient travel friendly staff"
Pros: "Air conditioning comfortable"
Cons: "Will not travel again on jetstar as seating is very uncomfortable..not good for aussies probably suitable for asians who have shorter legs."
Pros: "Very capable crew flying in terrible conditions with high winds. Flights after our take off were suspended due to appalling weather."
Cons: "There's little to like. Extremely cramped conditions. Poor food and beverage. Avoid if you possibly can."
Pros: "The crew was relatively nice."
Cons: "A lot of crying babies. No food or entertainment included for the 9.5 hour flight."
Cons: "Seats unusually small. Unlikely to fly this airline again"
Pros: "The flight was on time leaving and arriving good checking."
Cons: "The plane is very basic no entertainment very dull."
Pros: "i like the use of kiosks they need to have more machines as the staff have a poor service attitude and give the responses as machines."
Cons: "Booked a ticket with 20kg checked bag; didn't pack as much so took a carry on. The flight was delayed so they decided to weigh carry ons. It came to 10kg plus Laptop bag. They charged me $50 extra. On explaining I have 20kgs included and am happy to go check it in myself. They didn't let me. Not sure why when the flight was delayed by more than 30 min. staff not helpful or considerate. No solution offered to make me happy or to acknowledge that I had already paid for 20kg. I could be talking to a machine and it would've been the same outcome."
Pros: "On time Polite and friendly crew Way better than Qantas"
Cons: "How is it that a chair on a public train can be more comfortable than one I pay thousands to use"
Pros: "The basmati rice with free range chicken meal was surprisingly really tasty. I usually don't like airplane food, especially when you have to pay extra on board for it, but I was hungry on a 9 hour flight and had to order something."
Cons: "From the moment of boarding the staff seemed stressed out and over it. Not very friendly, especially when disembarking the plane in Honolulu. They didn't offer goodbyes or thank yous to passengers as we got off the plane."
Cons: "Crying kids on flights drive me nuts. Not much can be done about it though. Also it is really mean of Jetstar to charge for inflight entertainment. I can understand charging food food and beverage, if they have lab our and procurement costs but running an entertainment screen costs them nothing. It is outright opportunism. Also while I'm on the topic, my continuing winger is luggage charge calculation. Why do I at 72kg with 10kg of luggage have to pay extra when a 150kg person doesn't. Air travel cost is directly proportional to payload. This has to change."