An influx of new airlines and air services is profiting the whole industry, with on-the-ground operators set to benefit the most. TIA is a forceful advocate for improved air connectivity.
On 24 March 2018, the Minister of Transport approved the reauthorisation of the Qantas/Emirates Master Coordination Agreement under which they will continue to coordinate their operations across their respective networks to better connect New Zealand and Australia to Asia, the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa. TIA had advocated for this. Read our submission.
Air New Zealand/United Airlines
In April 2017, the Ministry of Transport agreed to remove conditions around an Air New Zealand and United Airlines alliance, creating a more even playing field on the Auckland - LA route. Read their decision. This was something TIA had supported. Read more.
Other air services announced which TIA supported include:
- a daily non-stop American Airlines service between Auckland and Los Angeles from June, in conjunction with joint venture partner Qantas. Download our submission.
- the Air New Zealand and Air China alliance. Air China's inaugural service from Beijing to Auckland International Airport landed in December 2015, restoring the direct link last flown by Air New Zealand three years ago. Download our submission.