Jetstar’s decision to cancel its direct Auckland-Singapore flights will cost the tourism industry $NZ70m a year, Auckland Airport says.
Qantas’ low-cost airline Jetstar is canning its flights between Auckland and Singapore, which Auckland Airport says will cost the tourism industry $NZ70 million ($A66.94 million) a year.
Jetstar says it will stop the thrice-weekly flights in July because the route isn’t profitable and it will instead use the aircraft on flights between Melbourne and Tokyo, and between Brisbane and Bali.
It started flying between Singapore and Auckland three years ago.
Auckland Airport says Jetstar’s decision is disappointing.
It would remove almost 100,000 low-fare seats from the market and reduce the travel choices of 85,000 passengers every year, said the airport’s Glenn Wedlock.
“The cost of this announcement to the New Zealand tourism industry is over $70 million every year, so it’s important we secure capacity in wider Asian markets to replace this loss. Auckland Airport is actively working on replacing this value.”
Jetstar’s decision confirmed the airport’s worries that the proposed alliance between Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand could harm competition in international air services.