John McCall, CEO Dunedin Airport, and Jetstar’s CEO Australia & NZ David Hall were the first to meet the welcome committee that offered arriving passengers bagpipe music and snacks.
- Jetstar, Qantas’ low-cost subsidiary, launched a new New Zealand domestic route on 14 July when it began flying daily between Auckland (AKL) on the North Island and Dunedin (DUD) on the South Island, using 180-seat A320 aircraft. Competition comes from Air New Zealand’s 20 flights a week. Virgin Australia (then Virgin Blue) previously provided competition to the Air New Zealand route monopoly until Jetstar’s fellow Australian low-cost airline dropped the route last year. Notably, the route launches in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup that will be held across New Zealand September-October. Jetstar Group’s CEO Bruce Buchanan commented: “Jetstar will grow the market between Dunedin and Auckland by 46 per cent, bringing low fares and choice back for travellers.”