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Air New Zealand domestic flight prices will rise by five per cent from Thursday.

The carrier said it was unable to absorb rising operationa­l costs, such as the price of fuel and labour. It regularly changed flight prices across routes and fare classes and the latest change would not have a material impact on its business operations, the airline said. The move has already raised the ire of regional developmen­t minister Shane Jones, who said increasing fares was not an acceptable response.

“Air New Zealand enjoy a virtual monopoly position in New Zealand in terms of air connectivi­ty, and the people who feel that Air New Zealand are doing a fantastic job obviously never fly to Whangarei.”

 ??  ?? An Air New Zealand Airbus A320-232.
An Air New Zealand Airbus A320-232.

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