Air NZ Boss Dubious About Asia Service

Air NZ Boss Dubious About Asia Service

Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe has suggested that the Wellington government should work with Air New Zealand to attract more tourists to the city, rather than pursue a “high-risk” direct air link with Asia.

The city’s tourism authority and international airport want an airline to provide a direct long-haul service.

But Fyfe disputes the viability of the proposal and doubts that any of the major Asian airlines flying to Auckland or Christchurch would add Wellington as a destination.

Passengers would also be reluctant to spread their flights over two airlines as it would take them longer to earn frequent flyer rewards, Fyfe said.

Note: We always like it when the airline CEO acknowledges the impact of frequent flyer programs, even when addressing a topic involving “tourists.”

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