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Jetstar to begin flights to New Zealand


7 June, 2005: Australian budget airline Jetstar is planning to start flying to New Zealand from December this year, a Christmas gift to air travellers on the trans-Tasman routes. Jetstar is looking at tapping the New Zealand market in the wake of higher competition and the booming opportunities.

Jetstar CEO Alan Joyce told the National Aviation Press Club in Sydney, “I can confirm that Jetstar will start flights to some trans-Tasman routes by the end of the 2005 calendar year”.

However, the destinations to which the airline would be operating have not been finalised, with Jetstar expecting to announce the details by August. Other low-budget airlines, Virgin Blue and Pacific Blue, which are competing with Jetstar are already flying to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and certain other Pacific destinations.

Jetstar plans to concentrate on leisure routes between the Australian mainland and New Zealand, follow the fare structure of other budget airlines operating in the route and offer a cheap introductory flight tickets offer.

The airline also intends to provide seat allocation on Tasman routes, a facility that was not provided by Jetstar in Australia.

However, starting flights to New Zealand routes would not be a cakewalk for Jetstar, as it faces heavy competition from at least 10 airlines operating to various airports in New Zealand and Australia.

Jetstar, owned by Qantas Airways, completed its first year of flying on June 6, 2005, and currently operates in eastern Australian states.



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