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Record Low Airfares NZ - Europe From $999 Return

April 22 2016

Record Low Airfares NZ - Europe From $999 Return

Flight Centre NZ has today released record low return airfares to Europe from $999.

Sale fares have typically ranged around $1,300 to $1,600 in the past, depending on time of travel and airline carrier.

The record low fares are for travel to Amsterdam via Shanghai between September 8 and October 16 2016 and are on sale until midnight on April 23 2016.

Sean Berenson, Flight Centre NZ general manager product says increased capacity and competition among airlines has seen record low airfares come through in the last six months.

“The market is very competitive right now which has been driven by increased competition on popular routes. This has driven a frenzy of sales activity which is great for the consumer while it lasts.”

Five years ago the average cost of a return airfare to Europe retailed between $2,000 and $2,500, double the cost of the airfare Flight Centre NZ have available through China Eastern Airlines from today.

“It’s hard to know how long this ‘golden era’ of travel will continue so my advice would be for Kiwis to make the most of these record lows and travel far and wide while it’s so affordable and accessible.”

To showcase the affordability of airfares in what Flight Centre NZ term the ‘golden era of travel’ a comparison has been made looking at the cost of a return airfare from Auckland to Europe with the average weekly wage of a New Zealander between 1947 and 2016:

Prices based on the average cost of an airfare from Auckland - Europe:

1947 - $1,170 = 85 weeks pay of average worker

1980 - $1,800 = 6 weeks pay of average worker

2014 - $1,500 = 1 ½ weeks pay of average worker

2016 - $999 = 1 weeks pay of average worker

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