Emi­rates deal for Queen­stown air pas­sen­gers

Central Otago Mirror - - TV TIMES - PHOTO: GRANT BRYANT/FAIR­FAX NZ 628982221

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.

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