19 June 2014 Media Release: Air Vanuatu’s Chief Executive Officer Joseph Laloyer has announced a new partnership with Jetstar in New Zealand. From today, Kiwi tourists and Vanuatu residents will be able to purchase through fares from Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Queenstown to Port Vila. The New Zealand domestic flights will be operated by Jetstar New Zealand, connecting with Air Vanuatu in Auckland every Wednesday and Saturday. “It is imperative to the growth of our New Zealand market that we offer fares to major regional centres. We are confident our new partnership with Jetstar will contribute to this growth,” Mr. Laloyer said.
Whilst the New Zealand travel market will be thrilled with the news, particularly for Kiwis wanting to escape the winter chills for Vanuatu’s tropical warmth, Vanuatu residents will also welcome the news. “Business travelers, seasonal workers and locals wanting to explore New Zealand will also benefit from this new partnership. Jetstar offers highly competitive prices and we look forward to increasing competition in the region,” Mr. Laloyer said. Jetstar head of New Zealand, Grant Kerr, said interline partners play an important part in an airline’s growth. “At Jetstar our goal is to help more people to travel more often,” Mr Kerr said. “We’re sure our domestic customers around New Zealand will welcome this new option for one-stop connections to Vanuatu with our interline partner Air Vanuatu.” Vanuatu Hotel and Resorts Association Chairman Thomas Tait welcomed the news on behalf of the industry. “We have fabulous properties on offer to New Zealand tourists, from four star resorts to island guesthouses. With connecting flights from the south island and Wellington, we look forward to welcoming more Kiwis to our beautiful islands.” Media inquiries: Tiffany Carroll Air Vanuatu PR - +61417512233 or +678 7747153.