The Blue Swan Daily recently caught up with newly appointed Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ) CEO Alison Roberts to discuss the organisations objectives, focus and goals, as well as the Australian and New Zealand market.
A4ANZ is the new industry group formed by Qantas Group, Virgin Australia Group, Air New Zealand and Regional Express (Rex), with the intention to: address regulatory and airport issues, fares and charges; encourage more investment in aviation infrastructure; and push for market reforms.
A4ANZ CEO Alison Roberts breaks down the history of the A4ANZ, describing it as “an interesting collaboration between some fierce competitors in the airline market.” According to Ms Roberts, the organisation was brought together because of issues in the domestic markets in Australia and New Zealand and wanting to see a better outcome for the public and improve airlines ability to access airport infrastructure.
Regulatory issues are highlighted as a key barrier for the airlines, stating: “The light touch regulatory model with monopoly airports presents a challenge and it means that all the power sits with the airports and very little with airline, who are forced in essence to pay whatever is being asked.”
Find out A4ANZ’s plans for the future and hear directly from Ms Roberts, watch our exclusive interview below: