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Critics say legislation that governs Sydney airport provides bizarre incentives for airlines to schedule then cancel certain services

The air route between Sydney and Melbourne has long been one of the busiest in the world, and while ticketing systems will show more than 150 flights a day, picking one that doesn’t get cancelled can be like playing Russian roulette.

Statistics show that just under one in 10 flights on the route will be cancelled and there’s a bitter dispute within aviation circles with some claiming major airlines are selling tickets to Sydney services they never intend to fly.