Passenger traffic through New Zealand's top three airports, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, is set to nearly double to 45 million by 2033, according to the latest AIRBUS Pacific Market Forecast. At a media briefing at the Hilton Auckland last week, Andrew Gordon, director stategic marketing and analaysis for Airbus, outlined the expected demand for air travel and where the world's largest aviation market will come from over the next 20 years.
'Currently, around 700 aircraft serve New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. By 2033, we expect to see over 1200 aircraft in this region, across all aircraft type, with a doubling of widebody aircraft. The region's propensity to travel (over three trips per capita) is almost double that of North America and it will remain the world's highest at over four trips per capita by 2033.'
Increased urbanisation, a strong GDP and a developing middle class will all contribute to the increase in air transportation, but congestion at aviation mega cities will be a major issue.
Of today's 42 mega cities' airports, defined by cities registering over 10,00 daily longhaul passenger movements, 36 have scheduling constraints varying from time restrictions to runway and terminal size. In 2033, the number of aviation mega-cities will double to 91, with Auckland, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth joining the likes of Sydney and Melbourne in contributing to the 2.2 million daily passengers tavelling longhaul to/from/via mega cities.
China will become the world's biggest aviation market and this will have a positive spill over effect on traffic to and from the Pacific region. To cope with the growth, airline fleets servicing the two regions will need to expand by 70%.
Globally, in the next 20 years, according to the forecast, passenger traffic will grow annually at 4.7% driving the need for around 31,400 new passenger and freight aircraft (100 seats and above) worth US$4.6 trillion.
Airbus representatives, Justin Dubon and Andrew Gordon at the media briefing
South African Airways (SAA) now offers customers the chance to upgrade their seat from economy to business class through a bidding system.
‘Step-Up’ allows customers to bid online for an upgrade on an upcoming trip where business class seats are available.
According to Tim Clyde-Smith, SAA’s country manager, Australasia, Step-Up follows other recent innovations that are a key component of the airline’s customer experience enhancement programme.
‘Step-Up means eligible customers get an email seven days before their scheduled departure advising of available seats in business class on their booked flight. The email will contain a link to the Step-Up tool that enables customers to place their bid for a flight upgrade,’ Clyde-Smith says.
‘The minimum and maximum bid range is dependent on the original ticket purchased and the customer’s destination.’
‘Bids will stop 72 hours before departure and customers will be able to view, modify or cancel their bids before the cut-off. Nothing is confirmed immediately and the system creates a prioritised list of all bids. Following this, customers will be notified 24 hours before departure of the outcome of their final bid.’
Air New Zealand, in conjunction with trans-Tasman alliance partner Virgin Australia, has announced a second seasonal Sunshine Coast service to operate from December 2015 to February 2016.
Air New Zealand will operate up to three weekly services between Auckland and Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast in the peak summer months. This new season is in addition to the existing winter season from June to October.
Air New Zealand chief sales and commercial officer Cam Wallace says the new season will make it attractive for Sunshine Coast residents to hop over to New Zealand to enjoy the best of the Kiwi summer.
'Our existing service has proven popular with many New Zealand holidaymakers heading across the ditch for a mid-winter getaway, while this new summer season is expected to encourage more Australians to make the trip across to visit New Zealand.'
The new service will be operated by A320 aircraft and represents an 81 percent increase in seat capacity on the route over the 2014 season.
The additional seasonal service is subject to New Zealand and Australian regulatory approval.
Qantas is adding some sparkle for Valentine's Day this year with the launch of Champagne and Kate and Jack Spade amenity kits in business class.
On February 14, customers travelling business between New Zealand and Australia and Noumea and Sydney will enjoy a selection of Jacquart Cuvee Brut Mosaique NV, Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut NV and NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve.
Business customers will also be given amenity kits designed by Kate Spade and Jack Spade on services between Auckland and Australia departing after 6pm.
Left, TRAVELinc's Ruth Scott with a Valentine's pack from Qantas delivered to the ProMag office today.
World Aviation advises that Asiana fares for travel to 31 October 2015 remain unchanged.
The carrier’s competitive business class fares from New Zealand to Vladivostok in Russia start from $5305 incl tax return.
Contact preferred consolidator or World Aviation Systems.