Auckland Airport price hikes to hit travellers
Fri, 08 Jun 2012 11:29a.m.
Travellers look likely to shoulder the cost of multi-million dollar price hikes at Auckland International Airport.
Air New Zealand is furious at the price increase, which adds 30 per cent to domestic passenger charges.
Deputy CEO Norm Thompson says they want the government to step in.
“What we’re disappointed with Auckland is that they haven’t fully followed the Commerce Commission guidelines,” he says.
“We’re extremely disappointed by that, because we felt that we were overpaying before, and now with these increases we’re overpaying even more so.”
Air NZ says it will be stung for an extra $200 million over five years if faced with rises at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
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8/06/2012 1:37:45 p.m.
Auckland has a lousy layout for domestic passengers from within NZ wishing to connect to International Flights. More airlines should do what Air Pacific does and put on direct flights from other airports like Christchurch. Hamilton would be a great alternative to Auckland and is more user friendly. Airports forget that without planes coming in they're no more than another shopping mall!! And if you want to know how greedy they are, in 2009 Sydney went from 35th most expensive airport in the world to the 6th, recovering about 83% of the total capital investment in the airport in the one year!!(see IATA for verification) It's high time government put a maximum limit on airport charges!!
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