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Month: June 2018

QF/NZ codeshare deal

QANTAS has partnered with Air New Zealand on a wide-reaching reciprocal domestic codeshare agreement (TD breaking news), with the pact seeing NZ maintain connectivity following the cessation of its long-running trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin Australia in Oct (TD 05 Apr). The tie-up aims to cut journey times and “make travel easier”, with up to 30 routes on Air New Zealand’s domestic network to carry the QF code, while NZ will codeshare on up to 85 Qantas domestic routes across Australia. The airlines will coordinate on airport operations to provide shorter connection times and open up more onward flights. Air...

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IATA slams airport costs

AUSTRALIAN airport pricing should be more closely regulated to constrain the market power of the country’s key gateways, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA) ceo Alexandre de Juniac. Speaking at an event in Sydney yesterday in the lead-up to this weekend’s IATA annual general meeting and World Air Transport Summit, de Juniac noted that while it is significantly cheaper to travel by air today than a decade ago, “airlines and travellers have not seen similar decreases in airport costs. “The difference is that airlines operate in a competitive environment, while airports have much more market power,” the IATA...

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Mantra acquisition done

THE $1.2 billion acquisition of Mantra Group by AccorHotels (TD 09 Oct) was finally settled yesterday, with the deal seeing the firm’s portfolio grow by 138 hotels across Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Bali. AccorHotels Asia Pacific chairman and ceo Michael Issenberg said the takeover was the latest chapter in the group’s strong regional growth story. “Since our launch with the Novotel Sydney in Darling Harbour in 1991, AccorHotels has become the largest hotel group in the Pacific, and Australia has always played a key role in that story,” Issenberg said. He said the deal was a signal of...

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Marriott plots Au growth

MARRIOTT Int’l is plotting a “tremendous amount of growth,” with plans to double its number of hotels in Australia. The company has 18 properties operating in Australia and 18 more set to open by 2022 and in 2018 will introduce 80 new hotels across the Asia Pacific region. The expansion is under a plan to expand from 640 hotels in the Asia Pacific region today to 1,000 by 2020, vice pres global sales Asia Pacific Ramesh Daryanani told Travel Daily yesterday. “We feel very bullish about our expansion in the Asia-Pacific region and globally,” he said. Daryanani explained the...

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CTM now connected with QDP

CORPORATE Travel Management (CTM) has integrated its systems with the new Qantas Distribution Platform (QDP) (TD 22 May), with the listed TMC this week receiving the highest level of certification under IATA’s New Distribution Capability. The Level 3 certification was attained via CTM’s integration with QDP, with the firm’s chief operating officer Laura Ruffles saying “Qantas is an incredibly important partner to CTM, and we’re excited to work with them on this new platform. “I’d like to thank the technology teams who have worked tirelessly to achieve this great outcome.” Ruffles said CTM was committed to ensuring its customers...

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