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Christchurch Airport partners Alibaba to boost micro trading in New Zealand

20 April, 2017

Christchurch International Airport signed (21-Apr-2017) a MoU with Alibaba to boost micro trading for small and regional businesses in New Zealand with Chinese visitors before, during and after their visit. The agreement covers Alibaba's existing apps such as Alitrip, Fliggy and Ant Financial’s Alipay and Tmall Global. Airport CEO Malcolm Johns stated "Our goal is to build a better experience for Chinese visitors… Alipay’s availability in New Zealand not only makes it easier for visitors to buy while they are here, but also unlocks value a Chinese visitor can provide to New Zealand". Mr Johns commented the "raw power" of Alibaba Group "is not its mass, but its individuality…it’s about the one-on-one direct trading relationship that allows for surgical micro-exporting to develop", New Zealand "is one of the best placed countries for micro-exporting" with so many small/medium businesses. [more - original PR]

Queensland prawn farmers request compensation from Qantas due to toxic foam

20 April, 2017

Queensland prawn farmers are requesting compensation from Qantas due to toxic firefighting foam which leaked from its hangar into the Brisbane River limiting the available area for the trawlers to operate (9news, 20-Apr-2017). Moreton Bay Seafood Association vice president Michael Wood stated he lost a AUD10,000 (USD7518) order due to fears the river was contaminated. Qantas is yet to comment on any compensation claims.

Auckland Airport GM airport development & delivery ceases participation in long term incentive plan

20 April, 2017

Auckland International Airport announced (20-Apr-2017) GM airport development & delivery Graham Vincent Matthews disposed of 21,084 Auckland Airport shares. The disposal was due to Mr Matthews ceasing to participate in the airport's Executive Long Term Incentive Plan and the consequential termination of the relevant interest in unvested ordinary shares. [more - original PR]

Virgin Australia turns on inflight WiFi beta test

20 April, 2017

Virgin Australia commenced (20-Apr-2017) the three month beta testing period of its inflight wireless internet on one of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Passengers travelling on the WiFi enabled aircraft are able to use the service free of charge during the testing period. As previously reported by CAPA, Virgin Australia partnered with inflight connectivity provider Gogo and satellite provider Optus for the service. Virgin Australia Group Executive John Thomas stated "We’re looking forward to receiving guest feedback about our inflight connectivity over the next three months to ensure we are able to offer the best possible service in the sky". Virgin Australia will finalise its business model after considering customer feedback and the results of the testing period. [more - original PR]

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 (finder.com.au, 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. 

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