Students at Otago and Waikato Universities and
Polytechnics can, for the next three weeks, buy NZ$39 standby
fares for travel on Air New Zealand to anywhere in the country.
The trial promotion, which began
last week, ends Sunday 4 October. It enables students to turn up at Hamilton or
Dunedin airports and purchase one way or a return ticket on
flights that have unsold seats.
Air New Zealand General
Manager Domestic Airline John Whittaker said the idea behind the
promotion was to gauge
interest in last minute travel, "We're always trying ways
to offer cheap fares and grabaseat is a great example of that.
Standby travel has in the past been offered by airlines overseas
and we thought we would trial it here with students in these two
locations to see what the interest would be."
arrive at the airport 90 minutes before the flight, purchase a
ticket and show their student ID. If a return standby ticket is
wanted, it must be purchased at the same time.
prior to departure they will be given a boarding pass if a seat is
available. If unsuccessful in getting a seat they will be listed
on the following flight or given a refund.
Due to the
last minute nature of the tickets, only carry on baggage is
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