Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


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.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Oceans: NOAA Declares Third Ever Global Coral Bleaching Event

As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, NOAA scientists confirm the same stressful conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may last into the new year, prompting the declaration of the third global coral bleaching event ever on record. More>>

Scoop Business: A Decade Of Government Pre-Seed Investment

More publicly-funded science is being commercialised after a decade of government ‘pre-see’d investment, according to an independent review. More>>


Solid Energy: Plan To Shut Unprofitable Huntly East Mine

Solid Energy, the state-owned coal miner in voluntary administration, plans to shut down its unprofitable Huntly East mine and lay off 65 staff after deciding the site stands "no chance whatsoever" of finding a buyer. More>>


E Tū: Merger Creates NZ's Biggest Private Sector Union

E tū has been created by the merger of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and Service and Food Workers’ Union. It represents more than 50,000 working New Zealanders in industries as diverse as aviation, construction, journalism, food manufacturing, mining and cleaning. More>>


Internet: NZ Govt Lifts Target Speeds For Rural Broadband

The government has lifted its expectations on faster broadband speeds for rural New Zealand as it targets increased spending on research and development in the country's information and communications technology sector, which it sees as a key driver for export growth. More>>


Banks: Westpac Keeps Core Government Transactions Contract

The local arm of Westpac Banking Corp has kept its contract with the New Zealand government to provide core transactions, but will have to share peripheral services with its rivals. More>>


Science Investment Plan: Universities Welcome Statement

Universities New Zealand has welcomed the National Statement of Science Investment released by the Government today... this is a critical document as it sets out the Government’s ten-year strategic direction that will guide future investment in New Zealand’s science system. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news