zkncj wrote:Then they aren’t making it simple to get to the airport, SkyBus still isn’t operating (hopefully an reason for them to have there contract axed). AKL isn’t doing any parking deals, Park and Ride is closed.
The faster than New Zealand moves to Level 1 one, the better than chance of us still having an travel industry in 6months time.
Skybus doesn't have a contract. It operates as it pleases "in association with AT", but it's a very loose association that gives pretty much zero public control over one of the key public transport routes. Blame the National party, who exempted Skybus and the Devonport and Waiheke ferries from the legislative requirements that all other PT had to adhere to because they were lobbied by their business mates. With a bit of luck they'll voluntarily go cap in hand to AT and ask for the public subsidy and give up their control in exchange. As happened with Fullers and the Stanley Bay ferry a few years ago. Then we might get comparable fares to the airport that people going to other destinations get.
I agree that the faster we get to Level 1, the better the chance of having an airline industry in the future. But let's not put the future of the airline industry (or any industry) ahead of public health. That's the kind of Trumpian response to the virus that has led to the USA becoming the world champion of coronavirus. And we have to remember that a second wave would arguably do even more damage to the industry should that occur. Caution and slow deliberate steps are the best way forward both for the airline industry and public health.