News for South Pacific

Niue's Government welcomes quarantine free travel between New Zealand and Niue

9 May, 2022

Niue's Government announced (03-May-2022) Quarantine Free Travel (QFT) to Niue from 27-Jun-2022 and the resumption of passenger aeronautical services every week. Cabinet approved a timeline for Niue transitioning from home isolation to Quarantine Free Travel in preparation for this start date. QFT to Niue for those who also meet normal immigration requirements will be open to all travellers once all pre departure testing requirements have been met. All travellers arriving into Niue once QFT commences will still be required to undertake coronavirus testing as required by the Niue Health Department by completing a PCR test. Niue Premier Dalton Tagelagi says Niue is unique as one of the few countries globally that have managed to keep coronavirus at the border since its first case in Mar-2022. Government officials will continue to work towards ensuring all safety protocols and response capabilities are in place as part of its phased approach toward two way QTF between Niue and New Zealand. [more - original PR]

Jetstar Airways expands Canberra network with new Melbourne and Gold Coast services

9 May, 2022

Jetstar Airways announced (09-May-2022) it will expand its Canberra network with new services to Melbourne and Gold Coast, bringing an additional 100,000 tourists to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) p/a. This marks the first time Jetstar has flown these routes and follows the successful launch of Brisbane-Canberra service in Dec-2021, which continues to be a popular route in both directions. The carrier will operate Melbourne-Canberra service daily, and Gold Coast-Canberra service four times weekly. [more - original PR]

SriLankan Airlines increases Colombo-Sydney frequency

9 May, 2022

SriLankan Airlines, via its official Twitter account, announced (07-May-2022) it increased Colombo Bandaranaike-Sydney frequency from four to five times weekly. The airline is the sole scheduled operator on the route, according to OAG.

SriLankan Airlines increases Colombo-Melbourne frequency

9 May, 2022

SriLankan Airlines, via its official Twitter account, announced (07-May-2022) it increased Colombo Bandaranaike-Melbourne frequency from six times weekly to daily. The airline is the sole scheduled operator on the route, according to OAG.

Qantas offers points planes for domestic travel

9 May, 2022

Qantas Airways stated (09-May-2022) Qantas Frequent Flyers may use Qantas Points to book any seat on any flight for travel in Aug-2022 across more than 30 domestic routes. The Points Planes will be available between Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane into more than 20 regional destinations. Seats on these services can also be purchased with cash. In addition, frequent flyers will need 30% fewer points to book economy Classic Flight Reward seats on these routes, for travel from 01-Jun-2022 to 30-Nov-2022. This includes the month of Points Planes in Aug-2022. Frequent Flyers can book these seats using points from 00:01 on 09-May-2022 until 15-May-2022. [more - original PR]

Qantas to launch Perth-Gold Coast service from 25-Jun-2022

6 May, 2022

Qantas Airways plans to launch twice weekly Perth-Gold Coast service from 25-Jun-2022 with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, as per a 05-May-2022 GDS inventory and timetable display.

Royal Brunei Airlines to increase Bandar Seri Begawan-Melbourne frequency

6 May, 2022

Royal Brunei Airlines plans to increase Bandar Seri Begawan-Melbourne frequency from three to five times weekly from 01-Jul-2022, as per a 05-May-2022 GDS inventory and timetable display.

Air Tahiti Nui resumes Papeete-Auckland service

6 May, 2022

Air Tahiti Nui resumed (05-May-2022) weekly Papeete-Auckland service on 05-May-2022 after a two year suspension. The carrier will increase frequency to three times weekly during the high season from 03-Jul-2022 to 09-Aug-2022. [more - original PR]t

Flight Centre, Goldman Travel and Spencer to launch invitation only travel agency group

5 May, 2022

Flight Centre announced (05-May-2022) plans to launch 'Link Travel Group', a new invitation-only travel agency group in partnership with Goldman Travel Corporation and Spencer Group of Companies. The JV will be 60% owned by Flight Centre, which will provide members with services including access to its product and distribution capabilities. The remainder will be owned by Goldman and Spencer, with Anthony Goldman and Penny Spencer to sit on the board of directors alongside Flight Centre's Danielle Galloway and other yet to be appointed directors. The JV appointed Scott Darlow to oversee day-to-day operations of the new business. [more - original PR]

Qantas Airways reaches agreement to fully acquire Alliance Airlines

5 May, 2022

Qantas Airways reached (05-May-2022) an agreement to fully acquire Alliance Aviation Services Limited, subject to a vote from Alliance shareholders and competition clearance. Details include:

  • The acquisition would see Alliance become a wholly owned part of the Qantas Group, with no change to Qantas' arrangements with Alliance;
  • Required approvals would take a minimum of several months to secure;
  • Qantas purchased under 20% of Alliance in Feb-2019 and at the time flagged an interest in acquiring 100% of the airline. The ACCC investigated the minority holding for three years and made no findings that it lessened competition;
  • Under the agreement, the remaining 80% would be acquired through a scheme of arrangement where Alliance shareholders receive Qantas shares worth AUD4.75 (USD3.44) for each Alliance share they hold, representing a 32% premium to Alliance's volume weighted average price for the past three months. Qantas would issue new shares valued at approximately AUD614 million (USD445.2 million) in a transaction that is expected to be EPS accretive for Qantas shareholders, before synergies;
  • Qantas has advised the ACCC of the announcement and will continue to update the market on expected completion timing as the competition clearance and Alliance shareholder vote processes progress.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce stated Alliance's fleet of Fokker aircraft will be "perfect for efficiently serving resources customers in WA and Queensland". Mr Joyce added the aircraft also have a "big inventory of spare parts that would significantly extend the practical life of a combined fleet of around almost 70 Fokkers". He added: "We plan to extend our programme of guaranteed lower fares for residents in those few communities where Alliance operates its own passenger services, as well as access to our Frequent Flyer programme". [more - original PR]

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