Emirates deal for Queenstown air passengers
Queenstown passengers flying on Jetstar trans-Tasman flights will benefit from a code-sharing agreement with Emirates. Dubai-based Emirates and Jetstar’s agreement will open up new destinations to passengers across New Zealand, Australia and Southeast Asia. Emirates codes will be available on Jetstar routes opening up choices for flights to Bali, Byron Bay, Dunedin and Cambodia. Emirates divisional senior vice president of planning, aeropolitical and industry affairs Adnan Kazim said the new link offered destinations that were not previously part of the airline’s network. Jetstar group chief commercial officer Lisa Brock said the airline’s Asia Pacific network would be available to Emirates. ‘‘We have created a product and a network offering that will provide Emirates passengers with a range of new holiday options. ‘‘Emirates customers travelling on Jetstar will enjoy a range of full service fare features such as food and beverage options and the same luggage allowance they would have on Emirates.’’ The code-sharing agreement benefits passengers flying with Emirates who fly trans-Tasman between Queenstown, Melbourne and Sydney.
Flying visit: Gathering at the plaque that was laid at Queenstown Airport on Friday to mark 50 years of continuous flights to Queenstown by the Mount Cook Airline are, from left, Chris Willett, Jules Tapper and Norman Geary. As a former Air New Zealand chief executive, Mount Cook Group executive chairman and New Zealand Tourism Board chairman, Mr Geary was well qualified to speak of the innovation the Mount Cook group sparked when it introduced flights to Queenstown in February 1964, saying the flights shaped the resort’s modern tourism industry. Before the flights were introduced planes landed in Cromwell and passengers were taken by bus to Queenstown. While he lives in Auckland, Mr Geary has a house in Queenstown and maintains strong links to the Wakatipu.