Jetstar Airways plans to suspend Melbourne-Wellington service citing a lack of customer demand (radionz.co.nz/Stuff.co.nz, 30-Dec-2016). The carrier will suspend the four times weekly service from 01-Mar-2017, after nearly two years of operation.
The carrier commented: “We launched our direct Melbourne-Wellington service nearly two years ago, however, despite continued efforts by Jetstar and local partners to promote the flights, we haven’t seen the passenger demand we’d hoped for”.
Jetstar Airways plans to add more regional New Zealand services during 2017 amid changes to its regional network schedules (Av News NZ, 31-Dec-2016). QantasLink reportedly plans to transfer a De Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q Dash 8 (VH-SBJ) over to the regional Jetstar network in New Zealand in early 2017. The aircraft is currently in storage at Tamworth Regional Airport.
Avis stated (31-Dec-2016) its Auckland Airport team have purchased a small fleet of electric scooters in order to reduce customer wait times resulting from growing traffic build up in the area. Avis’ new fleet of foldable electric scooters are small enough to fit inside the boot of a car when it is delivered to the cleaning depot so that the driver can scooter back to the airport.
Qantas provided (31-Dec-2016) an update on delayed Flight QF2 from Dubai to Sydney, noting that passengers have been placed on alternative Qantas and other airline services to return to Australia.
The carrier noted: “It’s expected that the 480 passengers delayed in Dubai will be on alternative services back to Australia within 24 hours. Passengers will continue to be put up in hotels at Qantas’ expense until they can be booked on another flight.”
The carrier noted: “The ability to put passengers on other services has been complicated by the time of year, because most flights are already full with holiday travellers. Engineers in Dubai are still working on the A380 that was due to operate the QF2 and Qantas is consulting Airbus on the issue. The aircraft will not fly until we are confident it is safe to return to service.”
The services left passenger stranded in Dubai over New Year’s.
Mantra Group announced (Dec-2016) that it expects Cairns to be the best performing travel destination in Australia in 2017, forecasting its current revenue per available room growth of 12% in 2016 to continue into the new calendar year.
Mantra Group Chief Executive Officer, Bob East, has stated that “The increased air-capacity, flight affordability and the proliferation of low cost carriers into Cairns, particularly from Asia and in addition to an active domestic market, has boosted occupancies in recent years.
East also noted that the Group are “also seeing a smoothing of the city’s traditional seasonal demand curve with high occupancies being achieved year-round.
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