Posts tagged Pacific Blue
I read today in the NZ Herald that the ACCC (the Australian version of the Commerce Commission) that they do not support the planned alliance between AirNZ and Virgin Blue.
I have one word in response: GOOD. It was never a good idea (I blogged about it being such a bad idea here) for anyone except maybe Virgin Blue and to a lesser degree AirNZ. The consumer would not benefit.
ACCC Chairman Graeme Samuel says:
These routes account for around one quarter of passenger traffic in the trans-Tasman market. More than a million passengers a year could be adversely affected if competition between the two airlines was removed.
Yep, exactly. Enuf said.
It’s clear that for real competition THREE is the minimum. Voda/Telecom in the mobile space proved that. (It took 2Degrees to move prices significantly). Two get rather too cozy IMHO.
Black and White Version: We need competition in the NZ and Trans-Tasman airspace. Less airlines isn’t the way to achieve this.
Here is part 2(of 3) of my airline reviews (part one here).
Here I focus on short haul (under 4 hours) international travel. I will be mainly looking at Trans-Tasman trips (for the Americans reading this, that means from New Zealand to Australia or visa versa, or more likely “from one country you haven’t heard of to another you you might have, but generally have no idea where either is”). In this part I have formatted the vast majority of text into a table, and limited comments to airlines that fly often.