Adelaide/Auckland air link pledge
January 17, 2003
QANTAS and Air New Zealand will make seven direct return flights a week between Adelaide and Auckland under a planned strategic alliance, South Australian Premier Mike Rann has said.
Mr Rann held talks with Qantas executives in Sydney yesterday and was told the full quota of daily return flights between the two cities would be reached within three years.
"However, it (Qantas) hopes that the first direct return flights, most likely two or three a week, will start later this year or early in 2004 using both Qantas and Air NZ jets," Mr Rann said today.
Qantas announced its proposed strategic alliance agreement with Air NZ late last year.
The plan involves the acquisition by Qantas of 22.5 per cent of Air NZ to strengthen the global competitiveness of both airlines.
The proposed alliance is yet to be approved by Air NZ shareholders and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Mr Rann said Qantas also confirmed its commitment to become anchor tenants in the upgraded Adelaide Airport multi-user terminal.