Labor MP Paul Gibson has accused Jetstar of blaming technical problems for the cancellation of half-empty flights.
The Daily Telegraph reports the MP, speaking in parliament last week, complained about his own experiences with the airline and even questioned whether it should be allowed to continue flying.
He said: “They seem to have a motto that unless the plane is full, all of a sudden they have developed mechanical problems and your flight is cancelled. If Jetstar has to cancel so many flights because of mechanical problems one has got to ask the question, should they be in the sky in the first place?”
A Jetstar spokeswoman said flights were sometimes cancelled if they could not be filled but it was not something that happened every day. She denied the airline blamed mechanical faults in such cases.