NZ economy to benefit from new regional air services

first_imgJetstar has launched the first of its five new regional air services in New Zealand, much to the delight of the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).TIA chief executive Chris Roberts says the additional services will provide more options for both domestic and international travellers to the country.“Jetstar has signalled that the initial five regional routes will build a strong base for considering more regional destinations,” Mr Roberts said.“We support their approach of building up a sustainable network that will encourage visitors to get off the beaten track and see more of New Zealand.”Services between Napier-Auckland and Nelson-Auckland have begun, with a further three regional routes – Palmerston North-Auckland, New Plymouth-Auckland and Nelson-Wellington – to commence 1 February 2016.Local economies in the regions served by the new Jetstar services will benefit as visitors spend their money in local shops, markets, restaurants and bars.As a result, the boost to local economies will mean jobs are created both directly in tourism and indirectly in sectors that service the visitor industry.It was identified in TIA’s Tourism 2025 framework that air connectivity and regional dispersal are both crucial to achieving the industry’s goal of NZD$41 billion annual revenue by 2025.Mr Roberts says tourism operators and their communities will need to collectively support Jetstar’s new routes to ensure their sustainability.“We applaud Jetstar and the Qantas Group for showing a serious and long term commitment to New Zealand and our tourism industry,” Mr Roberts said.The new services will provide a strong regional distribution option for international visitors flying Qantas as well as Emirates, China Eastern, China Southern, American Airlines and their other partners.Learn more about the new regional services here and in the video below: TIA New ZealandSource = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more