News for South Pacific

Qantas Airways launches ‘fly now, pay later’ payment option

20 May, 2022

Qantas Airways launched (19-May-2022) a 'fly now, pay later' payment option on 19-May-2022, with passengers able to book domestic and international flights on using buy now, pay later provider Zip and earn Qantas Points. Frequent Flyers will also be able to choose to earn Qantas Points through Zip's loyalty programme, Zip Rewards, when making some everyday purchases providing another way for members to maximise the points they earn. Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said this is the first time the airline has partnered with a buy now, pay later provider to offer the payment option for flight bookings. [more - original PR]

New Caledonia Tourism announces amendments to travel restrictions

20 May, 2022

New Caledonia Tourism, via its official website, announced (18-May-2022) the following amendments to New Caledonia's travel restrictions:

  • PCR test to be taken 72 hours prior to departure, or a rapid antigen test 48 hours from departure, for unvaccinated travellers;
  • A rapid antigen test is mandatory for all travellers and 12 and above, two days after arrival in New Caledonia;
  • Vaccinated travellers are no longer required to undergo a pre-departure coronavirus test;
  • Unvaccinated travellers are no longer required a compelling reason to travel;
  • Seven day isolation is removed for all travellers from New Zealand;
  • International boats, except cruise ships, are permitted entry into New Caledonia.

BITRE: Australia on time departures rate at 62.2%, on time arrivals at 63.6% in Apr-2022

20 May, 2022

Australia's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported (20-May-2022) the following domestic on time performance highlights for Apr-2022:

  • On time departures: 62.2%;
    • Regional Express: 76.4%;
    • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines: 64.2%;
    • Virgin Australia: 62.7%;
    • QantasLink: 62.0%;
    • Qantas Airways: 57.7%;
    • Jetstar Airways: 55.2%;
  • On time arrivals: 63.6%;
    • Regional Express: 73.6%;
    • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines: 69.1%;
    • Virgin Australia: 65.6%;
    • QantasLink: 62.4%;
    • Jetstar Airways: 59.2%;
    • Qantas Airways: 58.7%;
  • Cancellations: 4.1%;
    • Regional Express: 1.1%;
    • Virgin Australia: 3.1%;
    • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines: 3.2%;
    • Jetstar Airways: 4.9%;
    • Qantas Airways: 5.0%;
    • QantasLink: 5.4%. [more - original PR]

Japan Airlines to operate 44% of planned intl schedules in Jul-2022, 68% in Aug/Sep-2022

19 May, 2022

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced (18-May-2022) its international flight network for Europe, Melbourne and Taipei in Jul-2022, as well as flight plan for North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Oceania and Hong Kong in Aug-2022 and Sep-2022. During Jul-2022, JAL's international operation rate will be 44%, increasing to 68% in Aug-2022 and Sep-2022. Key highlights are as follows:

  • Tokyo Haneda-Sydney: Additional frequencies in Jul-2022;
  • Tokyo Narita-Boston, Tokyo Narita-Vancouver, Tokyo Narita-Bengaluru: Resuming in Aug-2022, including daily on Boston service;
  • Europe: Continue to operate detours due to the situation in Russia and Ukraine;
  • Tokyo Haneda-Helsinki: Increase to four times weekly in Jul-2022;
  • Tokyo Haneda-London: Increase to 11 times weekly in Aug-2022. [more - original PR]

Bonza aircraft arrival 'slightly later than first expected'

18 May, 2022

Bonza CCO Carly Povey stated (May-2022) Bonza received confirmation of when its first aircraft will arrive in Australia, noting it is "slightly later than first expected". Ms Povey added: "I can confirm that you shouldn't wait for us to lock in your essential July and August travel plans. Whilst we can't wait to save you "the long car ride or the need to holiday at home, we'd rather be upfront. If we have more positive news to share sooner, we will". [more - original PR]

Queenstown Airport to resume international services on 23-May-2022

16 May, 2022

Queenstown Airport announced (16-May-2022) after 330 days without a scheduled international service, Qantas plans to resume Sydney-Queenstown service on 23-May-2022. Qantas is the first airline returning to the Queenstown trans-Tasman route, followed by Jetstar on 02-Jun-2022 and Air New Zealand on 24-Jun-2022. Virgin Australia is planning to re-start services to Queenstown in Nov-2022. Queenstown Airport CEO Glen Sowry says the airlines are seeing strong demand from Australia and activity into Queenstown was predicted to ramp up significantly as winter approaches. Mr Sowry says winter capacity on domestic routes is similar to 2021. [more - original PR]

ACCC grants interim authorisation for proposed Virgin Australia/United Airlines codeshare

12 May, 2022

Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) granted (12-May-2022) interim authorisation for a proposed codeshare pricing arrangement between Virgin Australia and United Airlines. Interim authorisation allows United Airlines to set the fares at which Virgin Australia may sell the services operated by United Airlines, whether those services are sold as a standalone itinerary or as part of an itinerary that includes flight segments operated by Virgin Australia. ACCC commissioner Stephen Ridgeway stated: "The ACCC's preliminary view is that this proposed codeshare arrangement with United Airlines is likely to result in a public benefit as it will help Virgin Australia re-establish its international network… it appears that Virgin Australia is unlikely to be able to operate its own long haul international services in the short term". [more - original PR]

Cook Islands Tourism Corporation outlines amendments in travel restrictions

12 May, 2022

Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, via its official website, stated (10-May-2022) from 01-May-2022, pre-departure testing has been removed for arrivals, as well as pre departure testing for Rarotonga-Aitutaki service. In addition, requirements to be vaccinated on the Rarotonga-Aitutaki service was also removed on 01-May-2022, with domestic travel resuming between Rarotonga and the Outer Islands resuming on 01-May-2022.

Fiji Airways to resume Nadi-Adelaide service

12 May, 2022

Fiji Airways announced (11-May-2022) plans to resume Nadi-Adelaide service on a twice weekly basis from 04-Jul-2022. The resumption marks the fourth Australian route for the airline after Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. [more - original PR]

Air Caledonie: Noumea Tontouta Airport works continue

12 May, 2022

Air Caledonie stated (110May-2022) runway resurfacing works continue at Noumea Tontouta Airport. Air Caledonie as a result suspended select frequencies and amended further frequencies to the airport. [more - original PR - French]

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