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Record Low Fare to London

Media release
September 4 2016

Flight Centre NZ Release Record Low Fare to London

Flight Centre NZ has today released a record low exclusive return airfare to London ex Auckland from $1,349NZD per person.

Four years ago in 2012 Flight Centre NZs best-advertised price for a return airfare to London was from $2,349NZD, almost double the price of the airfare Flight Centre NZ have flying Air China from today.

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.”

“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.”

The record low fares are for travel to London via Beijing and are on sale until September 18 2016. The advertised price is from $1,399NZD but when booked via Flight Centre NZ travellers will receive an additional $50 off.

The sale also includes a return airfare from Auckland to London flying Qatar Airways via Doha from $1,749NZD per person. This is a new route starting in February 2017, the first leg of the flight will be the world’s longest at a record 17.5 hours.

Flight NZ say in 1947 a return airfare to London from Auckland would have cost approximately $1,170NZD, the equivalent to 85 weeks pay for the average worker. Thats compared to todays cost of $1,349NZD only 1 1/2 weeks pay for the average worker.

With the UKs dramatic exit from the European Union earlier this year resulting in the GBP falling against the NZD, Flight Centre NZ say now is possibly the best time ever to be travelling to the UK.

To showcase the savings in on-the-ground costs, Flight Centre NZ have compared the cost of six popular tourist items in 2006 to now:

PRICE
IN GBP
NOW
SEPT 2016
(1 NZD = 0.55 GB)
THEN
SEPT 2006
(1 NZD = 0.35 GBP)
Coffee£4.70GBP$8.54 NZD$13.42 NZD
M.A.C Lipstick £15.50 GBP$28.18 NZD$44.28 NZD
Taxi airport to city centre£135.00 GBP$245.45 NZD$385.71 NZD
One nights accommodation£180.00 GBP$327.27 NZD$541.29 NZD
Dinner at a restaurant £80.00 GBP$145.45 NZD$228.57 NZD
London Dungeon Adult Entry£39.00 GBP$70.90 NZD$111.42 NZD

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