Aviation

Qantas, Air NZ, Rex & Virgin start new club

Forget rivalry in the ANZ region; today Qantas, Rex, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand have hopped into bed together and established a new industry group to chase reform on public policy.

Australia and New Zealand’s national carriers are taking on the issues that impact the aviation sector, and to some extent the broader economy,  in their new group known as ‘Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ).

Member airlines are Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Qantas, Regional Express (Rex), Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia.

A4ANZ will give Air New Zealand, the Qantas Group, Regional Express Holdings and the Virgin Australia Group to contribute to the policy debate on issues that affect all Australian and New Zealand travellers, including things concerning airports, taxation and fees, infrastructure and broader regulatory reform.

Professor Graeme Samuel AC, the former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), will take the lead as independent chair of A4ANZ. Samuel’s professional career has spanned senior roles in law, investment banking and public service.

A4ANZ will be run by a Board made up of a representative from each member airline, in addition to the independent Chair, to oversee the management of the industry group. The CEO will be appointed in coming months.

The group will be funded by its members: Air New Zealand, the Qantas Group, Regional Express Holdings and the Virgin Australia Group.

And now a word from the CEOs

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said, “Airport fees and charges continue to increase while airlines are offering fares at levels significantly cheaper than they were over a decade ago.

“A4ANZ’s goal is to achieve regulatory reform that will promote a competitive and sustainable airline industry in the interests of Australian and New Zealand travellers.”

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Christopher Luxon added, “Australia and New Zealand must compete for visitors on the world stage against many other attractive destinations.

“To be competitive we must continue to improve cost and quality in all parts of the travel experience but we are constrained by a legacy of under investment and over recovery at key airports. A4ANZ will add its voice to that ambition”.

Rex Executive Chairman Lim Kim Hai said, “A4ANZ is critical for regional communities as major airports are all too ready to sacrifice critical regional interests.  Rex looks forward to working with Professor Samuel and the Board to ensure the sustainability of all stakeholders big or small in the aviation industry.”

Virgin Australia Group CEO John Borghetti concluded, “Aviation is one of the greatest enablers of tourism, trade and economic growth in our region, so it’s absolutely critical that airports operate efficiently and that investment in infrastructure benefits travellers.”

The A4ANZ member airlines between them fly more than 90 million passengers every year, and employ over 60,000 people.

 

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Destination Wrap: Qld eases travel restrictions, Greece to open border to internationals + MORE

The wheels are beginning to turn on domestic and international tourism, with border restrictions easing near and far. Huzzah!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

ACCC continues to investigate Qantas over stake in regional competitor

by Huntley Mitchell

As you’ll discover here, the unprecedented uncertainty in the aviation industry has led to ACCC tsar Rod Sims tightening his grip on the microscope.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Racism, sexism and homophobia: New report slams staff culture at Airservices Australia

A damning independent report has exposed a culture of bullying and harassment among Australia’s air traffic controllers.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

AFTA reveals job criteria for new CEO, urges industry to “speak with a single voice”

Are you planning to apply for the vacant top role at AFTA? Well, you may want to read this first (and also avoid suggesting that Tracy Grimshaw needs a firm uppercut).

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

A-ROSA’s regional director predicts faster rebound for river cruising

by Huntley Mitchell

Travel Weekly chews the fat with the delightful Birgit Eisbrenner about all things cruising, including A-ROSA’s plans to restart this month.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Ruby Princess passengers cop another health warning after crew member diagnosed with TB

We’re not sure what Princess Cruises did to anger the gods of the seas to this extent, but we hope the cruise line breaks the curse soon.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

World Resorts of Distinction is letting travellers book an entire Fijian island

WRD is encouraging travellers to dream big when it comes to planning their first post-coronavirus overseas trip.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

UNWTO releases global guidelines for tourism restart

by Christian Fleetwood

The travel industry needs guidance and support more than ever right now, so this latest effort by the UNTWO is quite timely, indeed.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Wholesaler Wrap: New G Adventures and AAT Kings webinars, APT’s domestic discounts + MORE

Get your weekly fix of webinars, updates and deals from the wholesaler world with this handy news round-up.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Expedia Group closes short-term rental business, commits more than $400m to partner recovery

by Huntley Mitchell

Similar to the yin and yang concept, we’re bringing a dose of good and bad news from Expedia Group today.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

New airline set to take off in June

Yes, you read correctly. A new airline is set to launch its first flight next month amid the most hostile commercial aviation environment in the industry’s history.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Agent Wrap: Flight Centre to host new webcast, win a holiday to New Zealand + MORE

This week’s Agent Wrap is best accompanied by a mid-range bottle of red and a big, greasy pizza. Well, at least that’s what Travel Weekly’s journo was accompanied by while writing this.

Share

CommentComments