Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue have submitted a 59 page report to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, denying rumours that their trans-Tasman alliance will reduce competition and increase fares. The submission comes after New Zealand airports claimed the alliance would not only cut competition but lead to a decrease in passenger numbers The Australian reported. The report argued against the airports claims, accusing their analysis of using “selective data, containing inconsistencies, factual errors, and are misleading”. The report outlined the new alliance “would ease the limits on frequency and connecting services, resulting in increased passenger numbers and providing better schedules likely to produce additional frequencies and more direct routes”.
Airports attack transTasman alliance