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Sydney confirms second airport

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed that Badgerys Creek will become Sydney's second airport for the west of the city. The long overdue decision was approved by the federal cabinet at a meting in Canberra.

Abbott says planning and design work will begin immediately and he expects construction to begin by 2016.

The cost has been estimated at A$2.5 billion, the bulk of which will come from the private sector, with roads and infrastructure to be built before the airport begins construction.

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South America on sale

LAN Airlines has released economy class fares from Auckland to Santiago starting from $1,499*, including all taxes and surcharges.

Flights from Auckland through to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, via Santiago start from$1,499*, including all taxes and surcharges.

Valid for valid from April 3 2014 to April 27, 2014. Airfares are valid for departures from May 15, 2014 to August 31, 2014. Conditions and close outs apply - refer to GDS or LAN Airlines for more details.

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JAWS prizewinners

The JAWS Plus Roadshow has concluded for another year, with organisers and suppliers heralding the event as a success. JAWS Secretary Gareth Williamson would like to thank the nearly 400 agents who attended JAWS across 11 cities nationwide throughout March.

There were several prizes on offer from the wide range of suppliers presenting at JAWS, and the winners are: 

Earlybird registration prizes
Dianne Boyes, House of Travel Motueka won 2 x return tickets AKL-SYD or BNE flying China Airlines
Daniel Nightingale, Flight Centre Hastings won 2 x return tickets AKL-Port Vila flying Air Vanuatu

Main prize draw
Dave McNicol, Flight Centre South Dunedin won 2 x return tickets AKL-Port Vila flying Air Vanuatu
Sarah Weaver, House of Travel Calder & Lawson won 7 nights accommodation including breakfast & transfers at the Matavai Resort in Niue
Tiffany McCrea-Lennon, Mondo Riccarton won a $200 Expedia Travel Voucher
Julia Broadley-Ryan, United Travel Katikatia won 2 x return tickets AKL/CHC-NAN flying Fiji Airways
Bonnie McLeod, House of Travel Gore won 3 nights accommodation including full breakfast at the Krabi Resort, Krabi Island Thailand, thanks to the Tourism Authority or Thailand
Sharlene Benson, Harvey World Travel Porirua won 3 nights accommodation including full breakfast at the Lanta Resort, Koh Lanta Thailand, thanks to the Tourism Authority or Thailand

For more information, contact Gareth Williamson, JAWS Secretary/Treasurer, on 09 977 2216 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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New Caledonia on sale

Aircalin has release a short life airfare to Noumea. Priced at $680 pp ex AKL, economy class and includes all taxes/levies.

Valid for sale until April 29, 2014. For travel commenced and completed May 8 - October 31, 2014. Some closeouts apply. Refer to GDS for full information


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Royal Brunei B787 fares ex NZ

Royal Brunei Airlines (BI) has released a special 787 celebration airfare sale from New Zealand to mark the commencement of their new B787 Dreamliner service between Melbourne and Brunei.

Fares have been released from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, using a variety of Interline partners to connect to the BI B787 service from Melbourne.

Destinations on offer include Brunei, and nine other destinations in Asia, Dubai and London with return economy class fares from New Zealand starting from $969 to Brunei, $965 to Asia (Singapore), $1,265 to Dubai and $1,719 to London (prices include fuel surcharge and taxes).
Valid for sales until April 30 for departures between April 14 and June 19 . All fares are filed in Agents CRS and 5% commission applies.

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QF increases AKL - PER services

Qantas will continue and increase its seasonal service between Auckland and Perth, following the success of the twice weekly Auckland to Perth service that was introduced by the carrier last summer.

The seasonal service will operate from December 5 2014 to April 26, 2015 and will see Qantas operating 84 flights and almost 20,000 seats on this route, up from 34 flights and nearly 8,000 seats on the Auckland to Perth.


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Commission reminder from CI

China Airlines advises that all published fares issued for travel originating outside of New Zealand/USA/Canada, are commissionable at 5%

All ex-USA/Canada fares are zero commission, effective immediately.

China Airlines commission for travel ex-New Zealand remains unchanged, at 5% for Trans-Tasman & 7% for all other destinations.

For more information, contact CI New Zealand  sales Manager Gareth Williamson, on 021 792 940 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Resurfacing at DXB - flight update

Malaysia Airlines will temporarily shift its scheduled operations away from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Dubai World Central Al-Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in UAE.

This temporary shift is due to the closure of one of DXB Airport runaways for major resurfacing works.

Points to note: Effective Date: May 1 – Jul  21, 2014
Minimum connecting time for transfer of passengers between DWC Airport & DXB Airport is set at four hours
For all ticketed PNR’s: The Source of Booking is responsible to rebook & reissue the passenger’s tickets.
Reissue Fee A “Blanket Authority” waiver for all Reissue’s is in place. This waiver applies only for this exercise where change is from DXB TO DWC Airport.
Travel Time from DWC to DXB- by taxi – allow  40 – 50 minutes;  by Metro - allow approximately 35 – 40 minutes
Contact Malaysia Airlines or preferred consolidator for further information

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