New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia
Trans-Tasman air alliance gets green light
An air alliance between Air New Zealand and the Virgin Blue group to operate integrated services on trans-Tasman routes has been given the green light by Transport Minister Steven Joyce.
New Zealand’s agreement, in addition to the recent authorisation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), means Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue will be able to work together on the services and fares they offer on trans-Tasman services.
“More sustainable competition, cost savings and the commitment both airlines have made to maintain trans-Tasman passenger numbers will be major benefits of the alliance,” says Mr Joyce.
“Travellers will benefit from a wider range of travel options and improved range of departure times, and the continuation of competitive fares.”
The Minister's media release can be found on the Beehive website.
More information including questions and answers, the Ministry of Transport report to the Minister and the alliance agreement are available on the Ministry of Transport website.