News for South Pacific

Fiji Airways and Fiji National University sign MoU

24 April, 2017

Fiji Airways and Fiji National University (FNU) signed (21-Apr-2017) a three year MoU to establish a collaborative effort between the two organisations by providing certain selected students with practical work experience. The MoU will provide selected candidates from FNU the opportunity for intern positions within the Fiji Airways Group. [more - original PR]

Works underway to identify site for New Labasa/Vanua Levu International Airport

24 April, 2017

Airports Fiji Limited communications officer Christopher Chand stated aviation authorities are working to identify a suitable site for the proposed New Labasa/Vanua Levu International Airport (Fiji Times, 24-Apr-2017). As previously reported by CAPA, the new airport aims to facilitate growing tourism demand at Vanua Levu island as existing airports on the island, Savusavu Airport and Labasa Airport, are constrained by land.

New Zealand considering additional security checks on Middle East services

23 April, 2017

New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority is considering additional security checks on Middle East services (Reuters, 23-Apr-2017). New Zealand Transport Minister Simon Bridges said evidence is being reviewed to determine what is appropriate with a decision to be completed by the aviation authority, independent of the government.

Qantas issued with investigation notice over toxic chemical spill

23 April, 2017

Qantas was issued with an investigation notice by Queensland's Department of Environment Heritage and Protection (EHP) over the toxic chemical spill at Brisbane Airport (9news, 21-Apr-2017). EHP executive director Andrew Connor stated the notice put the onus on Qantas to monitor and report the effects of the spill and could attract a penalty of up to AUD182,850 (USD138,212). Preliminary test results of the waterways around Boggy Creek show levels of the chemical have dropped to safe levels for recreational purposes, however, warnings remain in place to avoid eating marine animals caught in the area.

Qantas to compensate businesses affected by toxic spill

23 April, 2017

Qantas agreed to compensate those businesses affected by a spill of toxic firefighting foam from one of its hangars at Brisbane Airport into waterways (The Courier Mail, 23-Apr-2017). Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David met with stakeholders from the fishing industry and stated where there was clear evidence of any commercial harm to the business "we will make that good". Mr David also acknowledged that the issue was a Qantas issue, which has now been fixed.

Tourism NZ: Clear support among public for tourism

23 April, 2017

Tourism New Zealand and Tourism Industry Aotearoa released (21-Apr-2017) the results of the latest 'Mood of the Nation' survey. The research, which was initiated in 2015, measures New Zealanders’ perceptions of tourism. The latest survey was conducted by Kantar TNS in Mar-2017. Survey results:

  • 96% agreed or strongly agreed that international tourism is good for the country;
  • 10% know international tourism is New Zealand's biggest export earner;
  • Approximately 50% feel the country attracts about the right number of international visitors; a quarter feel New Zealand should be attracting more, and 21% think New Zealand attracts too many;
  • 35% think international visitors put too much pressure on New Zealand;
  • When told of forecast growth in annual visitor numbers, 37% felt there was too much growth, while 54% said it was just right and 9% not enough. [more - original PR]

NZ Government to showcase NZ at Expo 2020 in Dubai

23 April, 2017

New Zealand Government plans to showcase New Zealand at Expo 2020 in Dubai in order to boost trade in the region (NZ Herald, 23-Apr-2017). The expected cost is set to reach NZD53 million (USD37 million). New Zealand Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges said the opportunity was "relatively big play" for the government however the United Arab Emirates had been one of the fastest growing markets of the past decade.

Fiji Airways and Fiji National University sign MoU to help reduce unemployment

23 April, 2017

Fiji Airways and the Fiji National University signed a MoU guaranteeing intern positions within the Fiji Airways Group be available for select students from the university (FBC News, 23-Apr-2017). Under the MoU, internships will be available within airport operations, finance, customer service and back office operations. Fiji Airways CEO Andre Viljoen said the long term goal is that collaborations like this will help reduce unemployment.

Jetstar to develop Ask Jess to include bookings access

23 April, 2017

Jetstar plans to develop its virtual assistant Ask Jess to include customer promotions and complete bookings (Straits Times, 24-Apr-2017). Launched in Nov-2013, Jetstar restricts the chatbot's access to its reservation systems, which includes customers requesting to view their booking, payment status and resending of itineraries.

New Zealand eGates expansion programme to conclude in Jun-2017

23 April, 2017

New Zealand installed (21-Apr-2017) 15 eGates at Auckland Airport's arrivals, with one more unit due to arrive in Jun-2017. The new equipment is part the government's NZD6.6 million (USD4.6 million) programme to double eGates capacity across the country's major international gateways. With 50 eGates currently fully operational across the nation, the final delivery to Auckland Airport in Jun-2017 will mark the completion of the programmes. [more - original PR]

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