Auckland to Houston long haul service canned 1 Jun 2012
- VMob delays planned ASX listing Business
- NZ new vehicle sales slowing in line with weaker economy Business
- Origin exits Contact for $1.8B, ending foreign control era Business
- Coats sinks into the red in first half on craft writedown Business
- Contact Energy in trading halt; Origin exit plan imminent Business
- NZ dollar declines vs. Aussie ahead of RBA decision Business
- Joseph Parker goes for a spin in Queenstown Living
- 'Precarious' Solid Energy in banks' hands; govt eyes options Business
- MARKET CLOSE: NZX 50 Index rises to record; MRP, Meridian up Business
- TPP can't wait for Canada's October election, says Key Business
A new direct flight from Auckland to Texas, hailed as a great development for New Zealand tourism, is being canned before it began.
Continental Airlines signalled in May 2010 that it wanted to fly from Houston to Auckland, testing the limits of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner to open a direct route from the middle of the United States to New Zealand to compete with flights direct from Auckland to cities on the west coast.
The service was seen as a great opportunity for New Zealand to attract more visitors from the United States and was an example how new aircraft could revolutionise long haul travel to markets like New Zealand. The flight was estimated to take 13 hours and 23 minutes.
Delays to the development of the aircraft had already put back the original start date of November last year and on Friday Auckland International Airport said it had been advised by United Airlines, which has merged with Continental, that it has canned plans for the service.
Auckland International Airport chief executive Simon Moutter said United had shelved plans to expand a terminal in Houston because Houston City Council had decided to add international flights at the city’s second airport, William P. Hobby Airport.
“It is very disappointing that this important new service connecting New Zealand to the Untied States has been caught up in a local Houston dispute over airports,” Moutter said.
“It is equally frustrating that the delays in the delivery of the B787 aircraft have meant that the service was not already well under way by now,” he said.
He said New Zealand needed more air capacity to the United States and needed more carriers flying.
“We’ll continue to talk to United about options to connect with Auckland, and we will now increase our level of engagement with other carriers to explore a number of viable opportunities,” he said.
At approximately 7400 miles, the new route was to be the longest from Continental’s Houston hub.
Auckland Airport shares fell 0.6 percent to $2.56, while Air New Zealand’s shares fell 0.6 percent to 86.5 cents.
31 Jul 2015 News
New Zealand Government Hon Steven Joyce Minister for Economic Development 31 July 2015 Joyce to visit the Philippines and Viet... more
31 Jul 2015 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk MARKET CLOSE: NZ stocks rise; Meridian, MRP up ahead of Tiwai Pt decision By Fiona Rotherham July 31 ... more
3 Aug 2015 Arts
New Zealander Corey Baker is bringing Kiwi culture and kapa haka to Britain’s shores and people –all wrapped up in the... more
31 Jul 2015 Property
New Zealand Government Hon Nikki Kaye Associate Minister of Education 31 July 2015 Site purchased for Pt... more
21 Jul 2015 Migration
NZ net migration reaches new annual record in June, swelled by Indian, Chinese students July 21 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand... more
23 Jul 2015 Travel & Tourism
Over $6 million from the Future Investment Fund will go towards expanding and modernising SmartGate at our borders to help manage ... more
15 Jul 2015 NZ Tourism
Minister welcomes Tourism Industry Association partnership A new partnership between the Department of Conservation and New ... more
31 Jul 2015 Motor Sport
KartSport World Champs Next for Euro Kart Round Winner Armstrong New Zealand has another World Karting Championship... more
31 Jul 2015 Column
Column - Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on Tim Groser missing in action on the TPP While rapid change is always possible in... more
23 Jul 2015 Opinion
The refusal by Minister Sam Lotu-Liga to hold Serco accountable for the company’s failings in prison management is bad... more
31 Jul 2015 People
New Zealand Government Hon Jo Goodhew Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector 31 July 2015 Winston Churchill Fellows ... more
31 Jul 2015 Recruitment
By Suze Metherell July 31 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand needs to significantly boost its efforts to protect vulnerable migrant... more
16 Jul 2015 Press Releases
Declan Clancy says economic turmoil unlikely to see Greek workers fleeing to NZ One World Resourcing’s Declan Clancy is not... more