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Hamilton Disappointed at Jetstar Announcement

Hamilton Disappointed at Jetstar Announcement

Jetstar has announced this morning that four new regional destinations have been chosen. Those are Nelson, Napier, Palmerston North and New Plymouth.

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker says she is very disappointed in the announcement, “I know the Waikato will also share that disappointment.”

“Hamilton submitted a very good proposal and I think we put our case strongly. Hamilton is in the fastest growing part of New Zealand and provides a big contribution to New Zealand’s economy, so there is lots of business travel. We are also the gateway to some of New Zealand’s biggest tourist attractions.”

“Looking at it, having an easier route network seems to have been a factor in the decision. It also seems to me that being about one hour’s drive from Auckland Airport will have also been a factor in their decision, as we know locals do travel to Auckland for domestic flights.”

“We will keep working with Jetstar to get them here, as competition in the domestic market is essential for fare pricing and flexibility of travel options” says Mayor Hardaker.


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