News Briefs

    Tourism New Zealand announced (20-Dec-2016) the appointment of Stephen England-Hall to the position of Chief Executive at Tourism New Zealand. Mr England-Hall will commence in the role in early Apr-2017, based in Auckland, joining after three-years as Chief Executive at Loyalty New Zealand. He was previously Chief Marketing Officer with Syncapse Corporation and Chief Executive Officer for Razorfish, Tourism New Zealand’s global media agency, in London.


    Air New Zealand to increase Buenos Aires frequency from three to four times weekly effective summer 2016/2017.

    Air New Zealand general manager South America Alex Obaditch said (19-Dec-2016) the carrier’s Auckland-Buenos Aires route is profitable and “I don’t know exactly the motives why Aerolineas [Argentinas] lost money with this route. I can’t precise it, but I can assure that to us, it brings profits” . The carrier announced plans to increase frequency from three to four times weekly effective summer 2016/2017. Aerolineas Argentinas operations of the route generated annual loss of USD30 million, cancelling the route in 2014. As previously reported by CAPA, Latin America is one of the fastest growing New Zealand travel markets, with Argentina, Cuba and Brazil being the fastest growing holiday destinations for New Zealand travellers in 2016. The number of passengers to Argentina increased by 150% year-on-year, with growth of 50% to Brazil and 40% to Peru. CAPA also reported LATAM Airlines Chile is corroborating this Oceania-Latin America growth in traffic, planning to launch a new three times weekly Santiago-Melbourne service.


    Sydney Airport announced the Australian Commonwealth Government issued (20-Dec-2016) it with a Notice of Intention (NoI) which sets out the material terms for Sydney Airport to develop and operate the Western Sydney Airport. Details include:

    • Given the significant challenges the airport project will face, Sydney Airport believes project would require material support from the Commonwealth to make it commercially viable;
    • Sydney Airport accepts that the Commonwealth has ultimately exercised its right to deliver a NoI that does not feature these procurement protections or any Commonwealth funding, according to the airport the Commonwealth’s recent change in approach makes the Western Sydney Airport a challenging investment proposition;
    • The Commonwealth has indicated that Sydney Airport will have four months to consider and respond to the NoI. Sydney Airport believes it is entitled to a nine-month consideration period and is continuing to discuss this with the Commonwealth. The length of this period will have no impact on the announced opening date for the airport;
    • Sydney Airport will undertake confidential and detailed market soundings with the contractor market within the limited time allowed to inform its view of the construction costs of both the site preparatory works and the aviation infrastructure works. That process will be ongoing into 2017.

    The 2002 Airport Sale Agreement provides Sydney Airport with a Right of First Refusal (ROFR) to develop and operate a second major airport within 100km of Sydney’s CBD. Sydney Airport has been engaged in formal consultation with the Commonwealth Government regarding the proposed Western Sydney Airport since Sep-2014.


    Perth Airport, via its official Twitter account, confirmed (19-Dec-2016) The Crafty Swan as its new dining outlet at T1.

    These are among the 30 news items in relation to the Australia Pacific region published by CAPA Centre for Aviation in their Asia Pacific Airline Daily and over 400 news items covering global aviation.