News for South Pacific

Virgin Australia introduces Perth-Canberra service during Parliamentary sitting weeks

20 April, 2017

Virgin Australia announced (20-Apr-2017) plans to ntroduce twice weekly Perth-Canberra service during Parliamentary sitting weeks to cater for increased demand. The new service will be operated by Boeing 737 aircraft, on Thursdays and Sundays each parliamentary sitting week. Services in 2017 are currently on sale, with 2018 dates to be advised once the 2018 Parliamentary sitting calendar is released. [more - original PR]

NSW Indigenous tourism sector experiences 50% increase in participation rates

20 April, 2017

Destination NSW announced (24-Mar-2017) the NSW Indigenous tourism sector has experienced a 50% increase in participation rates. The announcement coincides with the launch of six new Aboriginal owned and operated tourism businesses in the state. [more - original PR]

Australia Trade and Tourism Minister meets with JTB, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways

20 April, 2017

Tourism Australia, via its weekly newsletter, stated (19-Apr-2017) Australia's Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo MP is leading a business delegation to Japan during the week of 17-Apr-2017 to pursue new commercial opportunities, promote 'brand Australia' and forge new business partnerships. During his visit Minister Ciobo met with tour operator JTB, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways and hosted an event for Tourism Australia's partners. Japan is Australia’s sixth largest market for visitor arrivals with 417,000 for the year ending Feb-2017, up 19% year-on-year.

Qantas completes construction of Karratha Airport lounge, to open in May-2017

20 April, 2017

Qantas completed construction on its new lounge at Karratha Airport, scheduled to open in May-2017 (The West Australian, 19-Apr-2017). Karratha Mayor Peter Long stated: "We look forward to an exciting new phase for the airport with new airline lounges being developed, international flights being explored and planning for growth in passenger numbers expected as new resource projects come on line and the local economy diversifies".

Qantas to increase change fees by up to 45%

20 April, 2017

Qantas announced change fees would be increasing by up to 45% from 28-Apr-2017 (, 19-Apr-2017). The new fees apply for all classes and booking types depending on the route and class.

Queensland Government to trial Rex service to Karumba

19 April, 2017

Queensland Government announced (19-Apr-2017) the launch of twice weekly Mount Isa-Karumba-Cairns service under a three month trial on the regulated air route. Assistant Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Glenn Butcher stated the trial would see if regular services were viable and determine if demand can support permanent operations. Regional Express (Rex) will operate 34 seat Saab 340 B Plus aircraft on the route until 29-Jun-2017. 

Virgin Australia creative pitch down to four agencies

19 April, 2017

Virgin Australia confirmed four agencies remain in the pitch for the carrier's creative account (Mumbrella, 19-Apr-2017). DDB, M&C Saatchi, TBWA Sydney and Clemenger BBDO Sydney, are believed to still be involved in the creative pitch. Virgin Australia CMO Inese Kingsmill stated customer experience was at the core of the creative brief for the four advertising agencies.

Sydney Airport to hold AGM on 30-May-2017

19 April, 2017

Sydney Airport announced (20-Apr-2017) it will hold its annual general meeting on 30-May-2017 comprising the two entities that make up ASX-listed Sydney Airport, namely Sydney Airport Limited and Sydney Airport Trust 1. The AGM aims to consider and approve the following:

  • Adoption of Remuneration Report;
  • Appointment of directors for the following term;
  • Approval for the giving of termination benefits to outgoing CEO Kerrie Mather;
  • Amendment to maximum aggregate remuneration payable to non-executive directors. [more - original PR]

Visitor arrivals to Cook Islands up 10% to 10,954 in Mar-2017

19 April, 2017

Cook Islands Ministry of Finance & Economic Management reported (19-Apr-2017) visitor arrivals to Cook Islands reached 10,954 in Mar-2017. Details include:

  • Visitor arrivals: 10,954, +10.4% year-on-year;
    • New Zealand: 6787, +12.2%;
    • Australia: 1723, -4.8%;
    • US: 605, +39.4%;
    • Canada: 296, +15.2%. [more - original PR]

Norfolk Island Airlines to launch in Jun-2017

19 April, 2017

Norfolk Island Airlines, via its official Facebook page, announced (14-Apr-2017) the launch of once weekly Auckland-Norfolk Island-Brisbane service on 17-Jun-2017. Tickets are now available for purchase on the carrier's website. Norfolk Island Airlines will charter a Boeing 737-300 aircraft from Nauru Airlines to operate this service.  

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