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Australia signs air services agreement with Saudi Arabia

27 April, 2017

Australia's Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo, via his official Twitter account, announced (27-Apr-2017) the signing of an Australia and Saudi Arabia air services agreement to drive trade, tourism and investment.

Visitor arrivals to Fiji down 3% in Mar-2017

27 April, 2017

Fiji Bureau of Statistic reported (27-Apr-2017) total visitor arrivals to Fiji fell 3% year-on-year in Mar-2017. Details include:

  • Visitor arrivals: 54,407, -2.8% year-on-year;
    • Australia: 23,489, -12.3%;
    • New Zealand: 8253, -0.1%;
    • US: 6068, +15.1%;
    • China: 3481, +0.1%;
    • UK: 1553, -5.8%;
    • Canada: 1154, +5.0%;
    • South Korea: 732, +7.6%;
    • Japan: 460, -7.3%;
    • India: 409, +28.6%;
    • Hong Kong: 35, +6.1%. [more - original PR]

Tourism Australia and Qantas launching major marketing initiative in Indonesia and Singapore

27 April, 2017

Tourism Australia, via its official weekly newsletter, stated (26-Apr-2017) Tourism Australia and Qantas are launching a major marketing initiative in Indonesia and Singapore during Apr-2017 in the lead up to the busy school holiday travel period. The campaign will be led by promotional fares.

Statement of Expectations delivered to the CASA Board

27 April, 2017

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), via its monthly newsletter, advised (26-Apr-2017) the Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester issued a new Statement of Expectations to the CASA Board. The document sets out the strategic directions the Government expects CASA to head in between Apr-2017 and mid-2019. It also sets out how CASA is meant to perform its functions and lift performance in a range of key areas. [more - original PR]

Air New Zealand pax up 5% to 1.6m with 82% load factor in Mar-2017

27 April, 2017

Air New Zealand passenger numbers up 5% - traffic highlights for Mar-2017:

  • Passenger numbers: 1.6 million, +5.2% year-on-year;
    • Short haul: 1.4 million, +6.0%;
    • Domestic: 1.1 million, +8.3%;
    • Tasman/Pacific: 332,000, -1.0%;
    • Long haul: 190,000, -0.7%;
    • North America/UK: 112,000, -0.7%;
    • Asia/Japan/Singapore: 78,000, -0.9%;
  • Passenger load factor: 81.9%, -2.6ppts;
    • North America/UK: 84.0%, -1.4ppts;
    • Domestic: 83.9%, +1.8ppts;
    • Short haul: 82.3%, -1.8ppts;
    • Long haul: 81.6%, -3.2ppts;
    • Tasman/Pacific: 81.3%, -4.0ppts;
    • Asia/Japan/Singapore: 77.8%, -6.1ppts. [more - original PR]

Air New Zealand: “For the financial year to date, Short Haul passenger revenue per ASK (RASK)* decreased 5.9% and Long Haul RASK* decreased 14.9%. Removing the impact of foreign exchange, Group-wide RASK* decreased 8.6%, and Group-wide yields for the financial year to date decreased 6.6% on the same period last year.” Source: Company statement, 27-Apr-2017.

NAC purchases, immediately leases back E190 to Virgin Australia

26 April, 2017

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) purchased (26-Apr-2017) and immediately leased back one Embraer 190 (MSN 19000202) to Virgin Australia. The aircraft is the first of six to be delivered under a wider agreement signed earlier in 2017. [more - original PR]

Skytrans reveals new schedule for remote Cape York area

26 April, 2017

Skytrans announced (25-Apr-2017) a new flight schedule which will see same day services introduced into some of the most remote communities around Cape York. Queensland Government Treasurer Curtis Pitt stated the carrier will offer 15 same day return services into seven remote communities including Aurukun, Lockhart River, Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, Coen, Horn Island and Weipa. Skytrans’ new schedule will enable patients from Aurukun, Lockhart River, Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw to fly to Weipa for day treatment at a Health Clinic – as opposed to flying into Cairns – which often requires an overnight stay. Services for the new schedule commence from Tuesday 02-May-2017. [more - original PR]

AAA: Australian regional airports have growing concern about financial viability

26 April, 2017

Australian Airports Association (AAA) discovered (21-Apr-2017) around one third of the 74 Australian regional aerodromes surveyed stated the main challenge in 2017 is raising revenue, followed by the need for major infrastructure investment and declining asset conditions. AAA CEO Caroline Wilkie noted: "Concerns about financial viability for smaller aerodromes have come to the forefront in the last few years, overtaking issues related to regulation and compliance". The nature of regional airport's limited revenue opportunities and high capital and operating costs mean many require financial assistance to continue operation. Ms Wilkie urged "the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments do more to invest in…aviation access for regional and remote communities across Australia". AAA estimates there will be AUD170 million (USD127 million) funding gap over the next 10 years to maintain regional airports. [more - original PR]

NZ Transport Minister Simon Bridges announces transport sector board appointments

26 April, 2017

New Zealand Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced (26-Apr-2017) appointments and reappointments to the Boards of Maritime New Zealand (MNZ), the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Mr Bridges has reappointed/appointed: Peter Cowper to the Board of MNZ; Vanessa van Uden and professional director Mark Darrow to the Board of the NZTA; Adrienne Young-Cooper to the NZTA Board; and Anna Adams and Grant Lilly to the Board of the CAA. [more - original PR]

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand stable in Mar-2017, departures up 11%

26 April, 2017

Statistics New Zealand reported (26-Apr-2017) international visitor arrivals to New Zealand were stable year-on-year in Mar-2017. Details include:

  • Total international visitor arrivals: 343,799, -0.2% year-on-year;
    • Oceania: 138,832, -5.9%;
      • Australia: 123,856, -7.1%;
    • Asia: 90,768, +2.5%;
      • China: 42,000, +3.8%;
      • Japan: 12,032, +8.2%;
      • South Korea: 7584, +3.5%;
      • Malaysia: 4928, +33.9%;
      • Singapore: 4272, -12.2%;
      • Hong Kong: 3872, -26.2%;
    • Europe: 55,024, +2.0%;
      • UK: 23,408, -6.5%;
      • Germany: 11,408, +9.4%;
    • Americas: 51,888, +14.8%;
      • USA: 38,432, +17.3%;
      • Canada: 7920, +10.7%;
    • Africa and Middle East: 4432, -1.4%;
      • South Africa: 1808, -9.6%;
  • Departures: 192,234, +11.2%. [more - original PR]
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