Antarctica Sightseeing Flights has confirmed
that it won't be proceeding with its planned flight from Auckland
to Antarctica in February 2013.
The company said that there had been
insufficient demand to justify the flight with a chartered Boeing
The Founder and Managing Director of Antarctica
Sightseeing Flights, Phil Asker, said less than 100 passengers had booked on the Auckland service.
“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.”
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 A$250 off the price of any Antarctica
sightseeing flight departing from Australia.
having to cancel this service, and apologise to those who have
been disappointed or inconvenienced by our decision,” he said.
The company still has five flights
scheduled from Australia.
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