Antarctica Sightseeing Flights Cancels Auckland Departure
Antarctica Sightseeing Flights Cancels February Departure From Auckland
AUCKLAND, 15 October, 2012 - Antarctica Sightseeing Flights announced today that it would not proceed with its planned flight from Auckland to Antarctica in February.
Although there has been strong Kiwi interest in the proposed flight, bookings have been insufficient to justify the flight with a chartered Boeing 747-400.
The Founder and Managing Director of Antarctica Sightseeing Flights, Phil Asker, said less than 100 passengers had booked on the Auckland service.
However, the five flights scheduled from Australia are selling well, particularly in Perth, where one flight has sold out and a second has now been scheduled.
“We are very disappointed that our Auckland flight has not attracted the level of interest we anticipated,” Mr Asker said.
“We know from our research that there is strong Kiwi interest in Antarctica sightseeing flights, but with only one third of the seats sold so far, it would be uneconomical for us to proceed,” he said.
Mr Asker said his company would provide full refunds to those passengers who booked to travel on the Auckland service, and offer a discount of AUD $250 off the price of any Antarctica sightseeing flight departing from Australia.
“We regret having to cancel this service, and apologise to those who have been disappointed or inconvenienced by our decision,” he said.