This week Jetstar New Zealand broke the news of their four new regional destinations and as rumoured among many, Taranaki’s New Plymouth Airport made the list.
Shock and excitement were the only way Taranaki Jetstar advocate Michael Riley, 17 could describe the news as.
“I’m completely ecstatic and shocked even though we all kind of knew. I’m super excited. You know our region has been waiting for a transport boost like this. Competition was so deeply required here in Taranaki.”
Riley laughed that the response throughout the campaign has been like “Taranaki has some creepy obsession with Jetstar”.
“14,000 people from all over the world have supported new carrier Jetstar coming to our airport, and that’s something to be immensely proud of.” Riley said.
Jetstar announcing the news with $9 airfares across all of their new destinations ultimately lead to their website crashing with most tickets sold out by Monday afternoon.
Jetstar then introduced sale $25 airfares. The airline has confirmed their normal flight price in and out of New Plymouth is set at $45.
Air New Zealand recently lowered their flight pricing from $79 to $59 after speculation begun about Jetstar’s possible voyage to Taranaki.
Riley accused Air New Zealand of giving Jetstar are free pass into the market, and when asked if Jetstar was trying to get back at the national carrier, he disagreed.
“Jetstar has always been about lower airfares for everyone and Air New Zealand was always going to have this typical response which can be expected from any competitor airline that is making far more than they should.”
“Our national carrier knew this day would come if they kept pushing their prices up. I mean, a few hundred for a flight to Auckland is horrendous. Jetstar saw an opportunity to provide cheaper airfares because our carrier ultimately gave them a free pass into the market.”
“Perhaps if Air New Zealand stuck to providing a good kiwi service at a reasonable rate, we wouldn’t even be here. They’ve only got themselves to blame.” Riley said.
Jetstar has confirmed they will begin 27 flights in and out of New Plymouth Airport to Auckland weekly, starting 2 February 2016. More destinations for Taranaki travellers are on the outlook.
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